Following today’s announcement from Harvey Nichols that luxury fashion brand Burberry’s former chief financial officer Stacey Cartwright will step up to become its new chief executive, we take a look back at the iconic department store’s history.
1831 – Founder Benjamin Harvey launches a linen shop on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street in London.
1841 – Harvey employs James Nichols, later promoting him to manager level in 1845, who would go on to marry his niece Anne Beale.
1850 – Founder Benjamin Harvey dies, leaving the business to his wife Anne, who enters into a partnership with James Nichols to create Harvey Nichols & Co.
1880 - The original building is demolished, and the current Harvey Nichols building and fascia is constructed at 109-125 Knightsbridge.
1919 - Harvey Nichols is bought by Debenhams.
1975 - A restaurant called Harvey’s opens on the fifth floor, famously becoming a favourite of Princess Diana.
1985 – The Burton Group acquires Debenhams, including Harvey Nichols.
1989 – Future retail guru Mary Portas joins Harvey Nichols as creative director.
1991 – Dickinson Concepts (International) Ltd. buys Harvey Nichols from the Burton Group.
1992 – The Fifth Floor undergoes a major refurbishment, with a new restaurant, bar and food market.
1996 - Harvey Nichols opens its second store in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter.
2000 - The first international franchise is opened in Saudi Arabia, operated by development group the King Faisal Foundation.
September 2008 - Harvey Nichols in Bristol becomes the group’s 6th UK department store.
October 2008 - Harvey Nichols continues its international expansion by opening a store in Indonesia, following store openings in Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Dubai and Turkey.
March 2010 - The Knightsbridge store’s fourth floor is revamped, replacing homeware with young designers.
February 2012 - Harvey Nichols forecasts record profits of over £18 million, due in part to the addition of diffusion brands such as McQ. The company also announces plans to launch its own label.
June 2012 - Grazia style director Paula Reed is appointed as the group’s fashion director.
September 2013 - Rumours being to circulate that Stacey Cartwright will replace Joseph Wan as CEO.
October 2013 - Paula Reed resigns from her position as fashion director after just one year amidst rumours of controversy over her use of fur, though Harvey Nichols denies this was the reason.
January 2014 – Sarah Cartwright is announced as the new CEO of Harvey Nichols, starting in her role on February 17.