J Crew first announced its decision to enter Asia in August 201

J Crew first announced its decision to enter Asia in August 201

US apparel and accessories retailer J Crew has confirmed plans to open two stores in Hong Kong later this year.

The stores will be the company's first in Asia Pacific and follow J Crew's three UK store openings last autumn. The stores will be located in the International Finance Centre mall, and On Lan Street in Central.

The IFC location will be a women's J Crew Collection store, while the On Lan Street store will offer men's clothes. Both will open in May.

"Opening in Hong Kong is an easy decision for us - it's one of the world's greatest cities with great energy and great appreciation of style, design and creativity," said chairman and chief executive Millard Drexler.

J Crew first announced its decision to enter Asia in August 2012. However, it had hoped to open the Hong Kong stores last year.

In the same year, the company partnered with designer department store chain Lane Crawford to introduce its women's and men's wear to shoppers in Asia.