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Leather brand Richards Radcliffe expands collection

Leather womenswear and accessories brand Richards Radcliffe is expanding its range to include tailoring, silk and jersey for spring 16, as it plans a wholesale launch.

Following two successful seasons selling online via its own site Richardsradcliffe.com and Grazia magazine’s premium ecommerce platform Graziashop.com, the brand plans to introduce a full offering of woven silk shirts, dresses and leather-trimmed tailoring for spring 16. It currently sells leather jackets, pencil skirts and bags.

The British label, which is run by Tess Richards and Kat Radcliffe, former creative director of Crew Clothing and Ghost and former senior designer at Jigsaw and Mulberry respectively, launched its transactional website for autumn 14.

Richards told Drapers the brand hopes to venture into wholesaling in 2016, ideally for spring.

It will target stockists including Net-a-Porter, Matchesfashion.com, Selfridges and selected boutiques in the UK, while internationally it will seek partnerships with French department store Galeries Lafayette, US department stores Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, and Harvey Nichols stores in the Middle East.

“The brand reach is enormous, we’ve had interest from Italy and the Middle East, and we see a great opportunity to expand into Europe through wholesale,” Richards explained.

Wholesale prices for spring 16 will range from £67 for jersey pieces to £445 for a woven dress or leather jacket. Tailored jackets will be around £260, leather skirts £178 and trousers £222.

The label has begun talks with investors to help secure a “high-profile” board to support the expansion.

Radcliffe said: “We have earned our stripes, we have both been in the industry for 20 years and we have confidence that the demand for this bridge brand is there. We now want the structures in place to deliver this next step.”

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