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Exclusive: Zatchels to expand in to the US

Leather accessories brand Zatchels is hoping to break America, as it signs a new agent to represent it in the US market.

The brand, which is around two years old, will be represented by Manhattan sales agent Susan & Company.

The agent is targeting around five multiple chains and between 15 and 20 independent boutiques in the US for the autumn 13 season.

Zatchels co-founder and director Dean Clarke said he was looking for a physical presence in the counry after success online - the US is currently the second biggest market for sales through its website, after the UK.

“We have had a lot of interest in our products from the US market and I think we could do very well there,” he said.

Susan Testaccio, owner of Susan & Company, added: “We are so pleased to introduce this amazing brand to the US market. Their collection is both fun and functional, and is needed in every girls closet.”

Clarke said the brand will be focusing on expansion in other markets, including Asia.

“We set up distribution in China in January last year and we are now looking to open two shops there through a franchise model,” he told Drapers. “We have also got distribution in Singapore and plan to open three stores across that region this year.”

Zatchels also plans to launch several collaboration collections including one with Chinese designer Jacky Tsai, which will be unveiled later on this year.

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