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Roland Mouret takes back naming rights

Roland Mouret has bought back the rights to his name, five years after he left the company that owned it.

Roland Mouret, who achieved global recognition with his Galaxy dress which was worn by countless celebrities, is to open a flagship store and head office in London’s Mayfair under his name after buying back the rights to his label with his business partner and pop impresario Simon Fuller.

Mouret left the company he founded which was backed by investors Sharai Meyers and Andre Meyers in 2005 after clashing over the strategic direction of the company. A year later he joined forces with Fuller and founded new company, 19RM to produce a new collection called RM by Roland Mouret.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mouret and Fuller had been in talks with the Meyers since 2006.

A Roland Mouret store will open at Carlos Place next February or March. It will be split over two floors and 3,240sq ft.

According to reports, the store will stock both womenswear and menswear and will house capsule collections and cashmere and eyewear.

A showroom and office will be situated above the store.

Mouret plans to continue showing his collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Roland Mouret founded his label in the 1990s. He was best known for his draping and cutting skills and for creating the sell-out Galaxy dress earlier this decade, which was praised for its internal corsetry designed to hide a multitude of sins. It was worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Cameron Diaz and built a reputation as “the perfect dress”. Former Countdown presenter Carol Vorderman even got in on the act.

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