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Hut Group hires menswear head for Coggles

Etailer The Hut Group has appointed a new head menswear buyer for Coggles, in one of the first hires since it was bought out of administration in May.

Ryan Knight joined Coggles this month from boat shoe brand Sperry Top-Sider, where he was territory manager. He previously ran his own independent menswear store Shed in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester and has also worked at Selfridges in Manchester and for denim brand Lee.

In his new role, Knight has spent the first weeks “solely dedicated to meeting with brands to reassure them of the strategy going forward, and the massive opportunities that lie ahead”.

He told Drapers: “It’s been an extremely busy time in ensuring that Coggles launches into the new autumn season with the same impact its consumers will be expecting.”

Suppliers have been left uncertain by The Hut Group’s acquisition of Coggles’ brand name, assets and online arm in June in a deal that saw its two bricks-and-mortar stores closed and some 60 staff redundancies.

Some have raised concerns about the mixing of Coggles’ premium business model with The Hut Group’s volume approach.

But Knight was confident his time at Shed would stand him in good stead to woo brands back, saying he had “great relationships” with previous clients.

He is expected to report into The Hut Group’s head of buying, Lawrie Kemp. The business is set to hire a head womenswear buyer shortly.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Am I missing something or is this the strangest appointment ever made!

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