By and  on May 25, 2010

MILAN — Dolce & Gabbana SpA said it plans to concentrate the company’s investments in Japan on its signature brand and end distribution of the D&G ready-to-wear, leather accessories and footwear collections in that market starting with the fall season.

D&G is the latest fashion brand to exit Japan, which has seen its demand for luxury goods and apparel tumble over the past few years against a backdrop of economic crisis. Last year, Versace said it was unhappy with its retail network there and was shutting its stores in the hopes of reentering the market at a later time. The United Kingdom’s French Connection also closed its 21 stores in Japan.

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