US mall-based youth fashion discounter Aeropostale has announced new partnerships in India and Indonesia.
The company will open stores in India through a licensing agreement with Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited, and in Indonesia through a licensing agreement with PT Mitra Adiperkasa TBK (MAP).
Julian R. Geiger, Aeropostale CEO, said India and Indonesia are two of the most populated countries in the world and his company sees significant opportunities by taking the Aeropostale brand to them both.
“Following the successful launch of our brand in the Philippines and Singapore, we are excited to capitalise on the strong growth prospects in both India and Indonesia. We are totally comfortable partnering with two of the largest and strongest retailers in their respectful regions, Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited and MAP.”
Aeropostale’s expansion plans in India include the opening of 50 standalone stores, 150 concessions and eCommerce operations across the country over the five years, from March 2016.
The company expects to open 10 to 12 standalone stores in Indonesia over the next five years, with its first store opening in Jakarta in Fall 2016.
Continued Geiger: “We anticipate ending the year with over 300 locations across 17 countries. Our aggressive international growth underscores the strength and recognition of the Aeropostale brand, and we look forward to announcing new global licensing partnerships throughout the year.”
Aeropostale principally targets males and females aged 14 to 17 and four to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aeropostale stores and website.
Arvind Lifestyle Brands has licensing relationships with many international brands including Gap, TCP, Gant, Nautica, Arrow, Izod, US Polo Association, Elle, Ed Hardy, Hanes, Cherokee and Geoffrey Beene.
PT Mitra Adiperkasa TBK is a leading lifestyle retailer in Indonesia with over 1800 retail stores and a diversified portfolio that includes Starbucks, Zara, Marks & Spencer, Sogo, Seibu, Debenhams, Oshkosh B’ Gosh and Reebok.