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Scorah Pattullo founder aims to kick-start US footwear brand

Johnnie Pattullo, co-founder of footwear brand Scorah Pattullo, has joined the board of US footwear label Gwendolyn Carrie.

Pattullo, who left Scorah Pattullo last year, said he had joined Gwendolyn Carrie to drive growth and attract third-party investment. The brand will open its first standalone store in Ellis Street in London's Belgravia next month. Further stores are expected to open in New York and Los Angeles at a later date.

Gwendolyn Carrie has 10 global stockists and Pattullo told Drapers that two parties were circling the business with a view to investing. He said third-party investment would help him ramp up the retail and wholesale divisions. "At the moment there are two private potential investors showing interest, and once we find that investment we can start to look at Los Angeles for a store," he explained.

Pattullo added that the goal was to grow Gwendolyn Carrie in Europe and the Far East on a wholesale basis, while concentrating on building a retail presence in London and New York.

Scorah Pattullo was founded by Johnnie Pattullo and ex-French Connection buying director Frances Scorah. The pair launched their first Scorah Pattullo collection in 2002.

Pattullo left the brand last year after a clash over strategy. The brand is now wholly owned by French Connection founder Stephen Marks.

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