Lucky Brand Dungarees, a division of Liz Claiborne Inc, is to debut in Japan following a deal with Itochu Fashion Systems to distribute its jeans, sportswear, swimwear and leather in the Far East.

In a statement on Tuesday, Lucky said its men's and women's apparel collection will be rolled out shop-in-shops and better specialty stores across Japan in fall 2002. 

"Lucky Brand's vintage Americana influence together with great styling, fit and finishes make it the ideal brand for Japan," said Barry Perlman, president, Lucky Brand Dungarees.

"We have felt for some time that our product was perfect for Japan but wanted to make sure we had the right partner first. We found that in Itochu because of their expertise in launching, managing and distributing apparel brands in Japan."