Premium brand Bolongaro Trevor has secured more than £1m funding, which will help fuel its retail expansion in the UK and overseas.
The menswear and womenswear business, which was set up in 2006 by All Saints founders, husband and wife team Stuart Trevor and Kait Bolongaro, was approached by an unnamed government-backed low-carbon emission fund, which will invest £600,000 to £800,000 by the end of March. A further £400,000 to £600,000 will be provided by individual investors – again unnamed.
Trevor told Drapers it had attracted the funds because 60% of its clothing is produced in the UK, thus lowering its carbon emissions, and it uses recycled fixtures and fittings in its eight stores.
The business now plans to open up to 40 more stores. “We’re looking in Brighton, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh,” said Trevor. “We are in discussions with people in Berlin and New York too.”
The funding will also enable Bolongaro Trevor to take more of its production in-house after having worked with supplier The Fielding Group for two years.
Trevor said he aimed to produce 80% of the collection domestically.