Rautureau Apples Shoes (RAS), the parent company of Free Lance and other footwear brands, has created a new company, RAS Kids, for its fast-growing brand of children's shoes, Pom d'Api. The new company, which is still controlled by RAS, has been placed under the management of Alexandra Bois-Auboin, a former consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance, with a minority stake. The brothers Guy and Yvon Rautureau, who continue to run their company, decline to comment on reports about other possible future changes of ownership or management.