Footwear expert Ken Bartle has inked a deal to roll out stores in the UK for ethical footwear brand Terra Plana, in partnership with the business’s Clark family founders.
Leading Clark’s shareholder Lance Clark, his son Galahad, and Bartle, along with other silent investors, have set up a company called Terra Plana Retail which will focus on the roll-out of the sustainable footwear brand’s retail concept.
Galahad and Lance Clark are on the board of the new company in a non-executive capacity, and Bartle will become chairman. Bartle, former chief executive of Jones Bootmaker, aims to open up to eight stores in the UK over the next two to three years.
Terra Plana already owns four stores, including two in London and two in New York. The brand also has a franchise agreement in Europe, but the new retail deal will focus solely on the UK.
Two stores are expected to open this year and Bartle is already scouting for locations. He has looked at opportunities in the new Westfield White City development in west London and at a location in Spitalfields Market, east London.
Galahad Clark said: “We are looking at prestige locations such as South Molton Street and Islington and we may also look outside London. We are launch-ing some awesome new products at Bread & Butter next week.”
Terra Plana’s head of retail Andy McGuffrie will be in charge of running the stores.