Coat production specialist Sanyo Shokai Ltd says it aims to open seven stores selling the the Epoca Uomo men's clothing brand by the middle of September.

The majority of the stores will be situated within department stores. Sanyo will open the first on 24 August at department store operator Daimaru Inc's Kobe location.

The stores are hoped to make JPY1.1 billion worth of sales within their first year of the trading.

Sanyo Shokai announced last year that it will invest more than 3 billion yen on launching five new men's and women's clothing brands.