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J Crew boss meets with landlords as he looks for London stores

J Crew boss Mickey Drexler has flown over from the US to host a breakfast meeting with UK landlords and agents this morning as he plots store openings in London.

Kicking off minutes ago, Drexler is understood to have organised the briefing at a West End hotel in London, and invited property owners and agents.

A J Crew spokeswoman called the event “very informal” but declined to give further details.

The US casualwear brand, a favourite of Michelle Obama, has been eyeing London sites for some time as it seeks to expand out of North America, where all its 238 stores are located.

The brand plans to launch its first overseas presense in the autumn in department stores in Hong Kong and Beijing.

J Crew notched up revenues of $2bn (£1.27bn) last year and already ships to 103 countries through its online offer.

Earlier this month it was reported that J Crew was to expand into Asia rather than the UK, which was in contrast to previous stories that the retailer was seeking a site in London.

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