'Breathable' shoe manufacturer Geox will launch a clothing line in Spain in the winter 2006-2007 season as the Italian company continues to step up its presence in one of Europe' fastest-growing markets.

"We are going to launch the line in our mono stores only," a company spokeswoman said, without providing more details.

Geox, which expects sales to soar 50% in Spain this year, has opened 11 'mono' (standalone) stores in the country since it entered it in 2001.

The company sells sports apparel in key markets such as Germany and Italy.

Geox's sports apparel has a porous membrane similar to its shoes, providing breathable comfort for costumers.

By Ivan Castano.