Scottish tweed and tailoring business Campbells of Beauly has been sold for an undisclosed sum to former Johnstons of Elgin managing director James Sugden and fellow textiles entrepreneur Charlie Brooke.
The 158-year-old firm is currently run by the fourth generation of the Campbell family, who have decided to retire in spring 2015 after a lifetime of service to the tweed industry. The company specialises in Estate Tweeds suitable for sport and countrywear.
After learning the textiles trade in Huddersfield, Sugden spent 20 years as managing director of cashmere and woollen mill Johnstons before retiring 18 months ago. He is a director of cashmere clothing company Brora and a non-executive director at Baxters of Speyside.
Brooke farms at Midfearn in Ardgay, a small village in the Scottish Highlands. His family’s textiles company, John Brooke and Sons, was founded in Huddersfield in 1541. Their mill is now a heritage site.
Sugden said: “Both our families have been involved in mills in Huddersfield for several generations. Between us, we know how to make cloth.
“We are both very pleased that, after discussion over many years, the Campbells have decided to pass this business into our hands. We intend to take good care of it and invest and develop the assets, with particular reference to tailoring and retailing.”
Under the new leadership, Campbells will work with Scottish cloth designer John Gillespie and Knockando Woolmill in Morayshire to develop new Estate Tweed patterns.
The business employs nine tailoring, warehouse and retail staff.