Spanish fashion chain Mango is set to open its first store in Irbil, Iraq in coming weeks, a company spokeswoman told just-style today (21 September).

The company continues its Middle East and Asian foray, which will see it open four new stores in Tokyo and new stores in Dubai in coming months.

The spokeswoman would not say why Mango chose Irbil for its Iraqi launch other than to say the move is "strategic".

Irbil is a thriving oil-rich city in Kurdish Iraq which was little damaged by the war.

In the Middle East, Mango operates over 80 stores, most of them in Saudi Arabia but also in Dubai, UAE and Lebanon.

Mango this month opened a new 260 square-metre shop in Tokyo's Shin Misato Lalaport mall and hopes to install four new shops in the Japanese capital by November to take its store count to 12 this year.

Mango hopes to roll out 150 new stores this year when it will invest EUR100m (US$147m) to continue dotting the world with its shops which sell prêt-a-porter women's wear.

By Ivan Castano-Freeman.