Japanese apparel maker Renown Inc is to close up to a quarter of its 62 clothing brands in fiscal 2008 according to local press reports last week.

In an interview with The Nikkei, the company's new president Minoru Nakamura revealed that 10-15 unprofitable apparel brands will be discontinued.

"The company will focus instead on core brands, such as the D'urban line for men and women's apparel line, ensuite," he said.