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Buying and merchandising boss exits French Connection

Richard Grainger has left his position as director of retail buying and merchandising at French Connection after 10 years with the company.

Grainger has joined Michael Kors as senior director of merchandise planning, allocation and trading for the UK and Europe.

In his role at French Connection, from August 2004 to August 2014 he oversaw womenswear, menswear, kidswear and multichannel for the UK and Europe. One source described him as chief executive Stephen Marks’ “right hand man”.

Before that he spent seven years as merchandise manager at Next.

French Connection revealed this morning that it has reduced its first half pre-tax loss for the third consecutive year, with wholesale and retail both showing signs of improvement. It made a pre-tax loss of £3.9m in the six months to July 31, down from £6.1m in 2013.

The company declined to comment on Grainger’s departure and would not say if anyone was lined up to replace him.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Great to see the FC recovery continuing and sad to see a true gentlemen in Richard Grainger moving onto pastures new.

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  • Good to see French Connection improving too, but marketing and promotion was never one of their strong suits.

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  • French Connection has been squeezed by Zara and Mango. They are not competing on price, yet there doesn't appear to be the quality in the fabric to support a higher retail point.

    I also find too many of their garment designs are baggy and mostly cater for an inverted triangle body shape.

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