Top Japanese trader Itochu has signed an agreement with Alexandra Neel to import her high-end designer footwear by license for the Japanese clothing market.

Almond Eye will manage production and distribution and retail of Neel's shoes will take place in "select shops" across the Japanese archipelago.

French-born Alexandra Neel (Alexandra Neil), a former ballet dancer, has seen her brand's profile take off in Tokyo lately.

Itochu says it will exclusively be offering Neel's summer collection in the spring of 2009. 

The brand shops to carry Neel's shoes have been selected through direct purchase, according to Itochu.