O SOLE MIO: Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd.  has ended its 14-year lease agreement with Browns Shoes. The Toronto-based Holt Renfrew, considered Canada’s premier luxury chain, will transition to operating its own shoe division by February 2007. Browns operated the shoe business at Holt Renfrew since the early Nineties. The companies said they parted ways due to different strategic directions. Holt Renfrew has three locations in Toronto and one each in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

RETRO FOX ADDS LICENSEES: Skechers USA Inc., footwear manufacturer, has signed a licensing agreement with Billant Apparel to design, develop and market Retro Fox branded footwear for women, men and children. The footwear will complement Retro Fox apparel, set to launch in the juniors’ and men’s categories this spring. Retro Fox footwear will launch for holiday 2005. Billant Apparel, founded in 2004, is reviving brands such as Huk-A-Poo and Nik Nik, in addition to Retro Fox. Billant Apparel also signed a licensing agreement with Fishman & Tobin to produce the Retro Fox Kids line for girls and boys. The children’s line will launch for back-to-school 2005. The children’s collection will comprise Retro Fox’s signature polos, track jackets, wovens and sweaters for infants, toddlers, girls’ sizes 4-16 and boys’ sizes 4-20. Fishman & Tobin produces boys’ lines for Sean John and Izod.

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