Independent luxury brand S.T.Dupont has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Itochu Corporation in Japan for its S.T.Dupont Classics men's wear line.

Under the deal, all licensed products in Japan will be marketed under the name S.T.Dupont Classics, and the two companies are targeting first year retail sales of JPY3.5 billion, increasing to JPY 6 billion for the third year.

Men's suits will be sold in department store shops-in-shops. The company plans to set up 15 shops-in-shops and expand to 25 in the coming three years.

Itochu is also planning to expand the licensing business, and in line with this strategy former Calvin Klein and Donna Karan executive Jason Basmajian has recently joined S.T.Dupont as design director of the Ready-to-Wear Division.

William Christie, president of S.T.Dupont's management board, said: "This agreement will strengthen our brand visibility in Japan and should make a significant contribution to sales growth of our products in that market."