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Shoe Studio Group steps away from Brown Thomas

Shoe Studio Group has pulled its designer business out of Irish luxury department store Brown Thomas, just a week after the footwear concession business was put up for sale by its parent company Mosaic Fashions.

Shoe Studio will close its luxury footwear concessions within the store’s Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork shops from the autumn 09 season.

Rival footwear concession business Kurt Geiger will take over the departments this summer. Shoe Studio will continue to operate the Manolo Blahnik concession in the Dublin store, which it opened last year. It remains unclear whether Shoe Studio Group’s own-label business within the department stores, which includes its Pied à Terre and Bertie brands, will have a presence in the stores beyond this season.

Shoe Studio said the decision to close the departments followed a strategic review led by managing director Gordon Baird. It added that Brown Thomas had been “fully involved in the decision-making process”.

Baird said: “We made this decision to allow Shoe Studio teams and management to focus on our strong own-brand portfolio and fashion and designer bridge-branded areas of the business.” He added that he was pleased with the level of interest in the business from potential buyers.

Brown Thomas chief executive Nigel Blow said he was pleased to announce Kurt Geiger as its new women’s footwear partner.

Shoe Studio will continue to have a presence in Debenhams and House of Fraser in Ireland.

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