“Women’s Secret is an opportunity we need to look at, as is Milano,” said Cortefiel general manager for franchise Alex Cara.
The Spanish fashion giant has opened concessions in Debenhams for its Springfield brand – which targets 18-plus men and slightly older women – and Cortefiel, which is for women in their 30s, in Oxford Street and Guildford.
Milano is “more urban fashion oriented, like Reiss and Ted Baker, and sits between them and Massimo Dutti on price”, said Cara.
The retailer, which has 1,500 stores in 46 countries, is also in talks with franchise partners to open between 15 and 20 standalone Springfield and six Cortefiel stores in Ireland.
The group previously operated Springfield concessions in Irish department store chain Roches, which was bought by Debenhams in 2006.
Cara said the risk element to launching a standalone operation is higher in the UK than Ireland. “The UK market is bigger, with a lot of competition. We have a historical link with the brand in Ireland, so will take the standalone approach there,” he said.