UK Brand managing company Marchpole Holdings Plc has extended its partnership with Japanese business Itochu to set up a new Jean-Charles de Castelbajac clothing line and open two flagship stores.

The agreement with Itochu, which will start in time for the autumn/winter 2006 season, foresees the launch of a new clothing line unique to the Japanese market.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Itochu will pay JCC a design fee of 3 per cent based on sales made in the territory with an annual minimum royalty that has been agreed over the initial three-year term as £290,000.

Itochu has also given further support to the roll out of JCC in Japan with a commitment to open two flagships stores; one in Kobe and the other in Tokyo. The design of the stores will be based on the concept store in Paris with a launch date of autumn/winter 2006.

Marchpole reported a 62 per cent hike in turnover to £32.5 million for the year ended 31 March 2005, while pre-tax profit jumped 79 per cent to £4.7m.