NexCen Brands is to expand its Shoebox New York franchised stores into Kuwait under a deal which calls for the launch of at least three shops over a ten-year term.

The stores, selling women's footwear, handbags and accessories, will be operated by the same firm that has opened 11 The Athlete's Foot stores - another NexCen brand - in Kuwait. 

Chris Dull, president of NexCen Franchise Management, the franchising subsidiary of NexCen Brands, said: "We believe the Middle East is a very attractive market for all of our brands."

This is the third international agreement for Shoebox New York, which recently revealed plans to step into South Korea and Vietnam.