Retail giant, Marks & Spencer, says it is still looking at bringing the American Brooks Brothers stores to the UK. The first European Brooks Brothers store opens in Milan in Spring next year and M&S says it has not abandoned plans to bring the chain to Britain. The Della Valle Group has the franchise to operate stores under the Brooks Brothers name in Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Now M&S says it is looking for a UK partner and suitable sites to bring the stores to this country. An M&S spokesman said: "We have been looking for the right environment and partner to do this. There are no concrete plans at the moment, but we are looking to expand overseas." Founded in New York in 1818, Brooks Brothers is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marks & Spencer plc. It currently operates 80 retail and 72 factory shops, a direct mail catalogue and an e-commerce site in the United States. Brooks Brothers also has 70 retail locations throughout Japan, five in Hong Kong and two in Taiwan. The Della Valle Group owns some of the most renowned brands in the luxury goods world, including Tod's. Diego Della Valle, owner of the Della Valle Group, said: "We are pleased to team up with such a prestigious brand and to bring the classic American style of Brooks Brothers to Europe." Joseph R. Gromek, president and chief executive officer of Brooks Brothers, said: "Brooks Brothers has undoubted international potential and we believe that Della Valle Group's retailing and marketing expertise will further realise that potential. "This partnership is another important step in our international expansion programme and builds on our success in the Far East and Hong Kong."