Fast-growing LA-based contemporary denim brand Chip and Pepper (, has entered the Canadian market, the first step in its plan to implement international distribution.

The twin brother designers behind the line, Chip and Pepper Foster, announced today that they have signed an exclusive Canadian distribution agreement with Throat Threads Apparel, Inc. The agreement grants Throat Threads exclusive rights to distribute the vintage denim collection of bottoms, tops and accessories throughout Canada.

According to Throat Threads president Russ Fearson, distribution of the brand will start with the spring 2004 collection and be limited to better specialty stores. Canadian retailers such as Aritzia, Holt Renfrew and TNT are expected to start carrying the merchandise as early as this holiday season.

Chip and Pepper has had enviable success since it launched for the fall/holiday 2003: it is already carried by almost 300 US specialty stores and is well-liked for its vintage washes and personal details. Chip and Pepper jeans retail for $158 to $220 a pair.

In addition to expanding their business to Canada, the Foster brothers, who originally hail from Canada, are also in the midst of exploring distribution opportunities in Europe and Japan.