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Mark Batista to exit Jacket Required

Mark Batista is leaving Jacket Required, the London trade show he co-founded in 2011, to focus on other projects.

Batista confirmed his last day will be 13 March.

Batista owns sales, marketing and design agency Brand Progression, which he founded in 1998 and looks after brands such as Sandqvist, Sanders and Baracuta.

Last year he launched Welcome Edition, a showrooming concept that runs alongside Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

“It’s time to focus on other interests,” Batista told Drapers. “The Paris showroom is really taking off, we’re expanding into extra space, and the agency is doing the best it’s done in 20 years. I don’t want to spread myself too thinly.”

ITE Group, which also owns Pure, Moda and Scoop, added Jacket Required to its portfolio in 2012 and will continue to run the show. No direct replacement for Batista has been announced.

Julie Driscoll, managing director of ITE, said: “Mark is still part of the Jacket family as we are looking forward to his brands showing next season.

”As we head into 2019, and after a very strong show this week with visitors numbers up and upbeat and positive reports from exhibitors, we will continue to build on the Jacket Required experience, developing new collaborations and offering a fantastic return on investment for our brands.”

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