Pom d’Api has found an importer in Russia, Lala Rostov, who intends to build up a network of franchised stores in the country. The French children’s shoe brand already has around 20 franchises abroad in countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Australia. The brand is part of Rautureau Apple Shoes, which also owns Free Lance, No Name, Jean-Baptiste Rautureau, Spring Court and Schmoove. The latter two brands are managed by Maxime Rautureau, son of Yvon Rautureau, the company’s marketing director. Spring Court is re-launching its children’s line for Spring/Summer 2005 following three years on standby. After being worn by John Lennon in the 1960s, the adult lines have a cult-like status and are sold in high-end fashion stores such as Colette and APC in Paris. As for Schmoove, the company has found a new agent in Spain – NAME, who also distributes Gola and Religion, a young fashion brand. Schmoove, which will enter the Spanish market for Spring/Summer 2005, is looking for agents also in Germany, the USA, Hong Kong and Japan. For Spring/Summer 2004,Schmoove sold around 35,000 pairs of shoes, while Spring Court sold 40,000 pairs.