Coach Inc's Japanese subsidiary is to open a Coach flagship store located in the Ginza section of Tokyo - one of the country's most prestigious shopping districts - in the summer of 2002.

The store is consistent with the footwear and accessory brand's strategy of aggressively growing market share in Japan, and the company says it expects to open at least 15 locations in Japan in this fiscal year alone.

Ian Bickley, president of Coach Japan Inc said: "We are delighted with our Ginza flagship location, which is expected to generate the highest sales volume of any Coach store in the world.

"Further, the timing of this opening is ideal, as our business here remains remarkably strong and reflects accelerated consumer demand for our product. In fact, we continue to achieve double-digit comparable store sales increases in Japan this quarter."

The 5,400 square foot store (approximately 500 square metres) on two floors will be designed by Michael Neumann Architects and outfitted similarly to Coach's flagship locations in the US.