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Frank Usher and Dusk fail to return

The future of occasionwear brands Frank Usher and Dusk is unclear following new owner Roman Originals’ failure to relaunch the brands for spring 12 as planned.

Birmingham-based Roman Originals outlined plans in May to relaunch Frank Usher and Dusk in major department stores and selected indie stockists for spring 12, after acquiring former owner CDU.

Roman Originals declined to comment on its plans and the mainstream womenswear business did not show any new collections at key spring 12 trade shows Pure London and Moda this season. The last full collections from the brands were for spring 11.

It is no longer clear how many stockists Frank Usher and Dusk have as many retailers were left confused over the future of the brands. One former stockist told Drapers they thought the brands no longer existed.

Another former stockist added: “No one has been in touch with me about making appointments or orders for spring 12.”

According to the Frank Usher website, the brand is looking to recruit a new designer to take the brand forward and design a capsule collection.

“I don’t think they will be able to come back from this,” added a former distributor of the brand. “If they haven’t relaunched for spring 12, they probably never will.”

CDU, which until February this year was known as Slimma, hit the buffers in March. The company was placed in administration before it was acquired by Roman Originals. Its Splendour lingerie brand and Slimma womenswear brand were sold to home-shopping group N Brown in January.

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