Spanish fashion retail business Grupo Cortefiel is entering the US market this September, part of a planned expansion in association with the Al Hokair Fashion Retail group.

The company will open six Cortefiel stores initially, with the rest of its brands expected to follow throughout 2014 and 2015.

The expansion will focus on stand-alone stores, mainly in shopping malls, and Cortefiel’s first US opening will coincide with the debut of its upscale brand, Pedro del Hierro Madrid, at New York Fashion Week this September.

Cortefiel expects to open more than 80 stores in a five-year programme, starting with the north-east coast of the US.

The expansion is part of an international agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Al Hokair, also a partner of retailers such as Gap, Topshop and Marks & Spencer.

Although this will be its first retail foray into the market, the Cortefiel brand was sold widely by department stores in the 1960s and 1970s, even creating TV detective Inspector Colombo’s famous raincoat.