Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Jacobson Group to revive Ravel name

Gola distributor Jacobson Group is to relaunch the Ravel name back on to the market as a wholesale offer, after buying the brand for an undisclosed amount.
The sale of the Clarks-owned business was handled by financial group KPMG, which is understood to have been touting the Ravel name for about £2 million.

Jacobson Group, whose brand list includes Lotus, Gola and Frank Wright, plans to relaunch the label for autumn 08 as a wholesale offer. It will be pitched higher than under its previous owner, where prices ranged from £25 to £40.

Jacobson Group managing director Harvey Jacobson said he was gearing up to broaden distribution across the UK, but said planning was in the early stages. “Ravel is a welcome addition and will complement our other brands. We plan to build on its strengths,” he said.

Office buying director Ghassan Hodeib said: “It would be very hard for Ravel to compete with Office’s own label, but the door is never fully closed. If the brand comes up with something exciting, of course we’d have a look.”

The distributor is also hunting for account managers and designers to build the brand internally.

Clarks put the Ravel brand name up for sale after 40 years of trading, blaming the demise of the chain on an unconvincing product proposition. It also lost ground to rivals such as Office and value-oriented retailers such as New Look. As a result, Clarks closed the business and put the majority of its stores up for sale.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.