A major retail expansion agreement between Candies Inc and Designs Inc will see the opening os 75 Candies branded outlet locations over the next five years.

Designs Inc already owns and operates stores under the Levi's and Dockers names, and says the agreement will provide an opportunity to expand its core business of providing quality retail store operating services to brand manufacturers

For Candie's, which currently distributes it women's footwear, apparel and accessories through department and specialty stores, as well as ten company-owned stores, the agreement will provide increased control over its distribution channels and an additional showcase for its products.

Neil Cole, chairman and chief executive officer of Candie's Inc, remarked: "This deal gives us greatly increased flexibility with regard to inventory management. Even more significantly, it will help us leverage our powerful Candie's brand nationally and give our licensees a great opportunity to sell their products in the context of a Candie's branded environment."

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