By and  on February 27, 2013

TOKYO — Japan’s Mitsui & Co. is spearheading an international push for storied American men’s retailer Paul Stuart.

Executives at Mitsui, which bought the New York-based company last year, said they are in early contact with potential retail partners about opening Paul Stuart stores in both the U.S. and Asia. Currently the brand has just three stores in the U.S. — its original Madison Avenue boutique and two Chicago locations — as well as two freestanding units in Tokyo and about 100 shops-in-shop in Japan. At one point, the brand also had a presence in South Korea but it has since exited the market.

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