English fashion designer Paul Smith plans to open 25 stores in China.
The plan is part of a strategy to expand business internationally to offset sluggish business in Europe.
“One third of our business is Europe-based. The euro crisis hurt us in wholesale and retail,” said MD John Morley.
This year, it says, has been tough as its pre-tax profit dropped from £31.7 million to £23.8 million.
“Greece, Spain and Italy have been tough and then, suddenly after the French election, confidence there just drained away like a switch was flipped, and of course the overheads keep going up,” he said.
Apart from China, Paul Smith also plans opening stores in Germany and Panama.