Charles & Keith
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Charles & Keith is a fast fashion brand specializing in ladies footwear and accessories. It was founded in 1996 by brothers Charles and Keith Wong, under the Charles & Keith Group which also owns the brands Charles & Keith Signature Label and Pedro.
Origins and history
Charles & Keith opened their first store in 1996 in the Amara Shopping Centre, Singapore.
In 2001 Charles & Keith opened an international venture in the Philippines, where by 2013 they had 33 stores. They debuted in the Middle East in 2004 with a store in Dubai, and another in Saudi Arabia in 2005. In 2011 the brand had over 230 stores across the world mostly based in the Middle East and Asia. By 2013 this had grown to over 300 stores worldwide, including locations in Africa, and in Japan, where they opened a flagship store in Harajuku, Tokyo and other stores in Yokohama and Osaka. All the stores are company-owned unless local legislation forbids this, in which case the stores are run through a joint-venture arrangement.
In 2011, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) invested in a 20 percent stake. At the time LVMH stated that they intended to expand Charles & Keith's presence with 40 or 50 new stores across India.
Brands and output
The Charles & Keith Signature Label was launched in 2007 to offer a more luxurious range of products alongside Charles & Keith's shoes and handbags line.
By 2009, the Charles & Keith design and development team was annually producing over 750 designs for footwear and 300-plus designs for accessories, many tailored specifically for consumers in certain locales.
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