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HRH The Princess Royal visits menswear business Simon Carter

Tom Shearsmith
31 January 2020

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited menswear designer business Simon Carter this week at its flagship store at Shepherd Market in London’s Mayfair, in her role as President of the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT).

HRH The Princess Royal was shown around the store and a selection of cufflinks, one design from each year since she first visited the company in 1997.

Simon Carter launched his menswear business in 1985 with a distinctive range of cufflinks, expanding to a full lifestyle range, which is sold by leading retailers in the UK including Liberty London. Simon Carter has four of its own stores in London and enjoys a strong partnership with the Wimbledon Champion Shops.

The firm has also recently expanded its private label business and boasts a growing business in India that includes 10 standalone stores set to increase to 20 this year.

Simon Carter HRH

Photo: Marie Absolom

Laurian Davies MBE, International Business Manager at UKFT, said: "What is interesting about Simon Carter’s business is how he has successfully expanded its range and also built a thriving retail presence in India by adapting fabrics and colours to suit the market, while keeping a strong business in other key international markets."

Nigel Lugg, UKFT’s Chairman, added: "Simon Carter is a great example of an English brand successfully exporting to over 22 countries in the world. This shows the potential for export opportunities in our industry and UKFT are determined to support these initiatives."

In November 2019, HRH The Princess Royal visited British duffle coat brand Gloverall, celebrating highly skilled craftsmen up and down the British Isles and longstanding relationship that's built over generations.

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