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Ex-Cruise buyer to open Glasgow indie

Former Cruise buying controller Louis Darcy is to open a premium menswear indie in Glasgow.

Darcy, who left the Scottish mini-chain late last year before it was rescued from administration by entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter this month, was set to sign a lease on a 1,000 sq ft store in Glasgow as Drapers went to press.

Darcy, who plans to open the store in March, declined to reveal name of the business.

He is setting up the store with his own funds and with the help of an undisclosed fashion backer. Darcy aims to open a second store in Glasgow next year.

The store will stock about 25 designer menswear brands such as premium labels Stone Island, Woolrich and Ma.Strum, as well as emerging labels which Darcy plans to source from trade shows such as Rendez-Vous Homme in Paris.

Darcy, who worked for Cruise for about 15 years, said there was a gap in the market for an indie in Glasgow selling emerging brands.

“Glasgow is missing a cool store. There are none in Glasgow giving any exposure to new or cool brands - it’s all about big brands. Speaking to customers I’ve known over the past 15 years, they’re not shopping in Glasgow; they’re going to London, Manchester or shopping online.”

He said he had been influenced by premium menswear indies such as The End in Newcastle and Oi Polloi in Manchester. “They’re both independent without being mainstream in their offer,” he added.

A Facebook page will highlight the latest offers at the indie as well as Darcy’s clothing recommendations. A transactional website will go live at a later date.

Sir Tom Hunter rescued Cruise from administration last month and entered into a joint venture agreement with mini-chain Van Mildert, which will take control of all of Cruise’s buying.

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