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Tessuti snaps up Sartori

Designer retailer Tessuti has rescued fellow Chester-based independent Sartori from administration.
Tessuti will bolt the Sartori menswear business on to its existing three-store portfolio, but the shop will continue to trade as Sartori and will retain its focus on classic menswear.

Tessuti director Jay Montessori will take over the running of the store. Montessori said he would shake up Sartori’s product offer and brand mix. “At the moment the brands are all very classic and very Italian. That’s great, but you don’t want to fill the whole shop with it. I’m looking at introducing brands such as Paul Smith London, and possibly Belstaff and Barbour,” he said.

Sartori was founded by Rick Watson nine years ago, but he put the business into administration earlier this autumn.

Tessuti has stores in Chester, Wrexham and Wigan, but is likely to exit its Wigan shop next year. It also has six outlet shops in locations including Street in Somerset and Cheshire Oaks.

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