Lifestyle brand True Religion has appointed a new Latin American distributor to broaden its global reach and respond to continued international demand.

Thads Commercio of Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be True Religion's exclusive distributor in Central and South America.

The company has extensive experience in premium fashion distribution and retail in Latin America, already distributing brands including John Galliano, Versace, Just Cavalli and Malo to more than 175 retailers in Latin America.

"We believe Thads Commercio has the ability to leverage our premium global lifestyle brand and maximise its full market potential in Latin America, taking us one step closer to our goal of distribution in 80 countries worldwide," said Jeffrey Lubell, chairman and CEO.

President Michael Buckley added: "Expanding our reach into these large and relatively untapped territories is a high priority, and we felt that Thads Commercio, both a retailer and distributor, has the best denim lifestyle knowledge, as well as the best relationships with retailers throughout Latin America, including the world renowned Daslu department store, which will house a True Religion leased department."

The distribution network will span the continent, from Belize and Colombia in the north, stretching south into Chile and Argentina. The arrangement also includes Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

True Religion Apparel is a growing, design-based premium global lifestyle brand which currently distributes goods through premier department stores and boutiques in 50 countries.