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Who owns the high street: Touker Suleyman

Includes Hawes & Curtis, Ghost, Finery, Low Profile Fashion

Entrepreneur Touker Suleyman has become a household name following his turn on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, but he is known throughout the fashion industry for his retail portfolio. Suleyman bought British shirtmaker Hawes & Curtis for £1 in 2001, taking on the heritage brand’s debts and liabilities. 

Womenswear label Ghost was saved from collapse, after Suleyman bought it in 2008. He invested in womenswear etailer Finery in January last year, taking a minority stake, and has also backed smaller start-ups such as boat shoe brand Docks Rio and luxury handbag label Huxley & Cox. Suleyman’s supplier business, Low-Profile Fashion, works with retailers including Marks & Spencer and owns manufacturing plants in Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria. 

Suleyman told Drapers last year that, although he is not interested in taking over large chains, he is open to the idea of picking up parts of struggling businesses.



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