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Kate Spade New York to buy out JV partner, continue international push


New York -- Kate Spade New York announced Thursday that it will buy its Japanese JV partner Sanei International’s 51% share in Kate Spade Japan.

The move, said Kate Spade, is part of an aggressive international push that includes recent store openings in the United Kingdom, Dubai and Kuwait, as well as further expansion into Brazil with additional store openings in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo planned for this summer.

"Kate Spade New York has a long and successful history in the Asian market,” said Craig Leavitt, CEO, Kate Spade New York. “It is our strategy to build a global company to support what is already quickly becoming a global brand."

Kate Spade New York’s strategy is to fully or partially own the majority of its Asia-based businesses. In May 2011, the company announced a joint venture in the People's Republic of China with the group to create a significant brand presence with plans to grow to nearly 300 points of distribution by 2020. At that time, Kate Spade New York also announced its plans to buy back the Hong Kong South East Asia business from its long term distribution partner in January 2014.

The purchase of the Japanese business is slated for a fall 2012 completion.

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