Gieves & Hawkes has hired John Durnin, a former senior manager of luxury giant Richemont, as chief executive of the Savile Row men’s tailoring business.
The appointment of Durnin follows the departure of former chief executive Steven Walton, who left the business citing family commitments and UK tax and residency requirements to return to Hong Kong, where Gieves & Hawkes owner and property entrepreneur Christopher Chang is based.
Durnin was most recently based in Tokyo as chief executive of Richemont’s Luxury Asia Pacific division. As part of his role he was responsible for the global strategy and development of menswear and accessories business Alfred Dunhill, which is owned by Richemont.
Durnin managed Alfred Dunhill’s international retail, licensing and duty free businesses across Asia Pacific, Japan, mainland China, the US, Europe and the UK.
Durnin joined Gieves & Hawkes this week.
Gieves & Hawkes tipped further into the red over the year to December 27, 2008, as pre-tax losses widened from £4,000 to £1.3m. Sales over the period were £17.2m, up from £16.9m the year before.