US clothing retailer J Crew has confirmed plans to enter Asia by opening a store in Hong Kong as early as next year.

A spokesperson for the company told just-style today (1 August): "We are hoping to open a store late 2013, once we find a location."

"Beijing and Shanghai are also on our list. We are considering both, however no locations or timings have been established," the spokesperson added.

In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Mickey Drexler said: "We feel that we're ready to go international. Going international is a strong learning curve and it could distract us from building our business in the US, but we feel that the time is right now."

The move follows the announcement in June that J Crew is partnering with designer department store chain Lane Crawford to introduce its women's and men's wear to shoppers in Asia