British streetwear brand Bench ( will enter the Italian market in early 2008, with Milan-based Yellowstone Ventures helping to coordinate its entry.

Patrick Nebiolo, formerly head of Jam Sessions and now Italian director of the brand, has put six agencies to work and in so doing set up a sales network of about 400 multibrand stores throughout Italy. In 2006, Bench achieved a turnover of €120 million and maintains business in the UK, Germany, the US and Australia. The brand has 18 shops of its own.