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MA International faces liquidation

Irish brand house MA International, which owns womenswear brands Michel Ambers, Kate Cooper and Claudia Stevens, was due to appoint a liquidator for the business as Drapers went to press.

A meeting with the liquidator is scheduled to take place on November 20.

Up to 20 jobs could be lost and the future of the brands remains unclear, but MA International said spring 09 deliveries would go ahead. Middle-market womenswear brands Michel Ambers, Kate Cooper and Claudia Stevens have about 500 accounts in the UK and Republic of Ireland in total and are core brands for a number of womenswear independents.

There is also likely to be some impact on JS Levy, the UK agent for MA International. JS Levy said it had no details about the liquidation process as Drapers went to press, but that it expected to know more within the next few days.

MA International managing director Peter Catterson said he was upset that the business he had helped to build had collapsed. He said: “We’ve had cash flow problems as a result of the credit crunch. But we’ve had huge interest in the business and received huge support from the trade. Spring orders will go ahead.” MA International is the second middle-market womenswear business to run into difficulties this year.

German brand Lucia filed for insolvency earlier this year before being rescued by German knitwear firm Rabe, who appointed Jonathan Bauer and Peter Atkins from IFC Leeds as the new agents for the brand.

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