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Douglas & Grahame deliveries hit by turmoil in Middle East

Brand house Douglas & Grahame has been hit by delivery delays after political unrest in the Middle East slowed production and freight out of the region.

Several independents told Drapers they had yet to receive spring 11 orders from the brand house, whose portfolio of menswear labels includes Remus Uomo, Douglas, Daniel Grahame and 1880 Club.

Douglas & Grahame added that demand for tailoring brand Daniel Grahame had exceeded expectations, placing additional pressure on its supply chain.
Managing director Richard Finlay said: “[Unrest in the Middle East] has resulted in supply interruptions to the range that we have communicated to our customers. Hopefully, with the worst of the unrest over, we will resume supplies at our previous levels over the next few months.”

Riots have erupted in a string of Middle Eastern countries since the start of the new year, including violent anti-government protests in Egypt, a major garment manufacturing centre, and further unrest in Jordan, Bahrain, Syria and Tunisia.

In February, Drapers reported that some textile factories in Cairo had slowed production or closed and that suppliers to high street giants including Marks & Spencer, Primark and Arcadia had seen goods held up in Port Said for days after they were due to leave.

Last month, United Arab Emirates daily newspaper The National reported that production in the largest manufacturing zone in Oman had been brought to a halt by rioting and strikes over wages and employment conditions.

Douglas & Grahame has increased its reliance on European suppliers due to the unrest. “We feel fortunate to still be producing menswear in Europe, despite the recent supply problems across the world, particularly in the Far East,” Finlay said.

In late 2009, Remus Uomo had 145 UK and Republic of Ireland stockists, and Douglas had 124. The company could not provide updated stockist figures as Drapers went to press.

In its last set of accounts filed at Companies House for the year to May 31 2010, Douglas & Grahame turned over £20.7m, down from £23.6m the year before. Operating profit fell from £583,000 the previous year to £468,000.

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