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Penrose to return to Pitti

Men’s accessories brand Penrose London will return to Florentine trade show Pitti Uomo next week (January 13-16) following its acquisition by silk mill Vanners in November.

Fiona Oakes, former administration and design assistant at Penrose, is now brand manager, following the death of the luxury brand’s founder Mitchell Jacobs in November.

Panos Eliades Franklin & Co was appointed as administrator of Penrose on October 30, 2014, after Jacobs exited the business, having suffered a stroke. He died on November 3.

Richard Stevenson, managing director of Vanners, told Drapers it was “business as usual” at Penrose. “Fiona had been designing at Penrose for a long time so it made sense to maintain that continuity of design. We are trying to continue and build on the very successful formula of the Penrose brand.”

Oakes said: “It’s really important to me to continue the way Mitchell built the company and I know it works. He trained me so I hopefully have a bit of his eye.”

Wholesale prices start at £6.75 for socks and range up to £34 for ties.

Before he founded Penrose in 2008, menswear veteran Jacobs created the accessories brand Duchamp.

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