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The Original Factory Shop bolsters fashion buying team

Discount department store chain The Original Factory Shop has appointed former Scotts Menswear buying controller Richard Robinson as head of buying for fashion.

Robinson, who was also previously managing director of young fashion brand One True Saxon, will lead the growth of the business’s fashion offering.

Alongside homeware, The Original Factory Shop sells clothing and footwear for men, women and children from brands including Lee Cooper, Umbro and Jeep.

Robinson started his career as a trainee buyer at Next in 1988, before moving on to become supply manager at George at Asda from 1990 to 1998.

He later held various retail positions including brand consultant to pop-up retail mall Box Park between August 2012 and March 2013, and brand director of British menswear brand Realm & Empire from April 2013 to April this year.

The Original Factory Shop chief executive Tony Page said: “This appointment is a significant investment in our buying capability and will underpin and strengthen our own buy and brand fashion credentials.”

The business has also hired Michael Haworth, menswear category buying manager at flash Sales site, as senior buyer for menswear.

Haworth was previously menswear buyer at Matalan for four years between 2006 and 2010.

The Original Factory Shop was founded in 1969 and today operates 200 stores across the UK, employing 2,800, as well as concessions. It has identified a further 400 UK locations into which it can expand.

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  • Interesting events happening in the value for money sector.
    It's going to be a bumpy ride for some.

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