The leading retail group intends to significantly expand the brand’s footprint in the GCC, Africa, Egypt, Turkey, CIS countries and South Asia.

Currently, Steve Madden has 11 stores in the UAE and 21 stores throughout the GCC region. To reinforce its commitment, Apparel Group plans to open 13 new Steve Madden stores in 2023. Over the next five years, Apparel Group aims to open 50 Steve Madden stores and launch an online platform in the GCC.

Neeraj Teckchandani, CEO of Apparel Group said: “Continuing Apparel Group’s commitment to providing an elevated shopping experience to our loyal customers, we are proud to be partnering up with Steve Madden and further expanding our strong retail footprint in the GCC region.”

Ian Funk, President of International, Steven Madden, Ltd. commented, “Since entering the GCC market over ten years ago, we have experienced significant growth to our business. Given the importance of this critical market for our consumer and brand, we are pleased to be entering into a joint venture agreement with best-in-class partners, Apparel Group, and look forward to continued growth in the region as we capitalize on our strong momentum.”