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Bill Coltman returns with menswear agency

Bill Coltman, founder of now-closed distributor Go Live, has launched a new production and distribution company called Fashionbanque Europe.

Bill Coltman, founder of defunct distributor Go Live, has set up a new production and distribution company called Fashionbanque Europe.

Coltman launched Fashionbanque, based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, to bring together a number of projects, including the design and production of UK men’s casualwear brand Gregory James. He was brought in to redesign the brand 15 months ago, relaunching it for autumn 15.

Fashionbanque will also distribute Dutch men’s casualwear labels No Excess and Noize in the UK.

No Excess previously had a UK agent but no stockists. Coltman relaunched it midway through the autumn 15 selling season and has signed 20 independent stockists in the UK and Ireland so far, including menswear retailer Mottou in Brighton and men’s and womenswear boutique Clique in London.

The range comprises T-shirts, shirts, jeans, knitwear, fleeces, tops and outerwear, with wholesale prices from £9.95 for a T-shirt to £45 for outerwear.

He also launched Noize in the UK and Ireland for autumn 15, signing up around 15 independents, including menswear retailer Just Right in Peterhead, Scotland and J Slaters in the Orkney Islands.

It comprises T-shirts, shirts, denim, knitwear and outerwear, with prices from £8.35 for a T-shirt to £26.50 for jeans.

Coltman ran Go Live, which distributed European brands such as Italian jeans label El Charro in the UK, from 1986 to 2005, with business partner Chris Woodham.

Since then he has held a number of roles, including sales director of menswear brand Florentino from 2005 to 2008 and UK managing director of mail order company Otto from 2012 for a year.

Design and production consultancy Westlane Apparel, which he launched in November 2008 and ran until 2012, is now dormant.

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