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Hyundai’s Handsome heading for China

Handsome, the fashion unit of South Korean retailer Hyundai Department Store Group, has signed a deal to help accelerate its move into the Chinese consumer market.

An agreement between its fashion label The Cashmere with Hong Kong’s retail/brand-management/distribution firm ImagineX Group involves supplying five coat styles to Club Monaco outlets in China.

ImagineX represents such brands as DKNY, Jo Malone and Salvatore Ferragamo, and has more than 250 points of sale throughout Asia including Singapore and Taiwan.

Handsome has previously taken its System and System Homme brands abroad. It has also clinched a deal with Artifacts, a boutique store in Taiwan that has six outlets in Taipei and Taichung. Earlier this year, the two clothing labels were picked up by department stores and shopping malls in China as well as the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.

Handsome entered the Chinese market early this year by partnering with Hangzhou Zhiheng Industrial.

Founded in 1987, Handsome was bought by Hyundai Home Shopping Network in 2012. It owns a string of fashion labels including Mine, System and Time.

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