Australian clothing retailer Country Road is to expand into South Africa through a wholesale supply arrangement with its parent company Woolworths of South Africa.

The company said today that the deal would cover the Country Road brand and W Collection, a premium brand within the Woolworths stable.

According to chief executive officer Ian Moir, the move follows a trial of the Country Road brand in four Woolworths stores in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

"The trial has been successful and discussions are now taking place to take the brand initially to 12 Woolworths stores and 2 standalone stores in South Africa," he said.