British outdoor apparel maker Berghaus Ltd is to launch its products in South Korea next spring.

Local importer Hankuk Pentland Co, which currently sells Ellesse and Champion products, said it has signed a license agreement with the apparel manufacturer.

"The first year will be focused on promoting consumer awareness of the brand rather than physical expansion," Hankuk Pentland said

It plans to open 19 shops in major cities across the country by the end of 2005.