PARIS — Akris is about to expand its retail network by almost one-fifth.

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Next month, the Swiss fashion house plans to open its first independent boutique in Japan, and an expansive location in Munich, bringing its company-owned-store total to 11.

Albert Kriemler, the designer and creative director of Akris, described the 1,400-square-foot Tokyo unit, located in a two-story building in the tony Ginza shopping district, as a “tiny store, but on this precious mile. It’s a dream come true.”

Akris has been selling its luxury ready-to-wear in Japanese department stores for many years.

The two-story Ginza unit incorporates design features seen in other Akris locations: curvilinear walls of Canadian maple wood, matte stone floors, chrome fixtures and a walnut chair by Norman Cherner from 1958.

Kriemler collaborated with architects Christoph Sattler and Rita Ahlers on both new units. For the Ginza location, Sattler created a red table and dark leather couch.

The two-story Munich boutique, Akris’ fourth location in Germany, spans 3,725 square feet and occupies a prime corner space on Residenzstrasse. It also has an undulating maple wall, as well as another made of woven black horsehair, the base material for its accessories collection.

Kriemler said it took almost five years to find the right location in Munich. The busy street boasts a popular teahouse, and is soon to welcome other luxury retailers.

The St. Gallen-based company declined to give sales projections for the two units. Akris wholesales its collections to about 600 doors worldwide.

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