Upmarket tailoring retailer Brooks Brothers plans to expand its UK presence under new general manager Jane McCann, who joined the business from footwear brand Church’s last week.
McCann, who was previously retail operations director at Church’s, will develop the Italian-owned business’s operations in the UK, which currently comprises four stores - two in London, one in Edinburgh, and an outlet shop in Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.
Brooks Brothers will also launch its first department store concession, for its womenswear range, in London department store Harrods’ modern classics room.
McCann said the concession was part of plans to expand the retailer’s UK profile, and that she was looking at all opportunities including more concessions. She also did not rule out launching a wholesale arm.
“The business has 400 stores in 13 countries but is relatively small in the UK,” McCann said. “We need more brand recognition in the UK. We have to make sure we have the right platform for development.”
McCann replaces former UK managing director John Hind, who left the business last September.
Hind launched Brooks Brothers in the UK in 2005 as part of a joint venture between its owner Retail Brand Alliance (RBA) and investment group Brightark. However, the UK operation is now run as a subsidiary of RBA.