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Bates bids farewell to Denham

Denham managing director Terry Bates has left the business after three years at the Dutch denim brand.

Bates has left without a job to go to and his exit was understood to be amicable. It is unclear whether he will be replaced.

Bates told Drapers he planned to remain in the denim sector. “I’m looking at agency and licensing deals with brands. I wish Denham all the success in the world,” he said.

He joined the premium denim brand in December 2009 to lead a full-scale offensive on the UK jeans market. At the time, Bates told Drapers he would position the brand above Dutch denim giant G-Star, which he first introduced to the UK 15 years ago.

Denham, which was set up in 2007 by Jason Denham, who co-founded Dutch denim brand Blue Blood, has a range of stockists including Asos, Northeast designer indie mini-chain Jules B and House of Fraser.

Before joining Denham, Bates worked as the UK and European distributor for US streetwear brand The Great China Wall. He was also previously UK commercial director at denim brand Replay.

Denham has three stores, including one in the UK in Shoreditch, which opened in October 2010. Denham was unavailable for comment.

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