Charles & Keith to close all Japanese stores in favour of online expansion
today Dec 9, 2016
Focussing on the 2017 development of its e-commerce site, fast fashion brand Charles & Keith has announced the closure of all its Japanese locations.
13 stores have already shut down, excluding the label’s flagship store in Harajuku, which will close on the 31st of December. The online site has scheduled a period of downtime for the 26th of December and will be subject to an overhaul in spring 2017.
The label will mark its departure from the Harajuku flagship with a large-scale sale, including footwear priced at 3000 yen and under.
Charles and Keith was established as a women’s shoe store by brothers Keith and Charles Wong in 1996, importing Chinese and Malaysian footwear. Within a year, the brand had launched its own line, leading the way for the in-house design model that the label currently employs. The label launched its inaugural accessories line in 2011 as part of its expansion into Asia, Europe and Africa, featuring bags, belts, sunglasses and bracelets. Beginning with its 2013 Harajuku flagship, the label opened its other 13 Japanese locations in similarly high-traffic business centres in Osaka, Nagoya, and Hakata.
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