The founding brand within the Arcadia Group; Montague Burton was only 18 years old when he borrowed £100 from a relative to open the Cross-Tailoring Company in Chesterfield in 1903. He pioneered and revolutionised ready-to-wear tailoring for the working man. At the start of World War I, production changed from suits to uniforms which clothed nearly a quarter of the armed forces. Burton had four hundred shops, factories and mills when the company went public in 1929.
In 1967 Arcadia became the new corporate title for the House of Burton. In 2002 Philip Green acquired the Arcadia Group and became the first sole owner since Sir Montague Burton himself. Today, it is a mid-market menswear brand specialising in formalwear and footwear.
The Burton brand has also been heavily involved in charity work, having previously worked with the Bobby Moore Fund in order to publicize the issue of bowel cancer. In November 2009, Burton sought to bring back "The Burton", a style of moustache worn by founder Montague Burton, through their support of the Movember campaign in order to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Annual Sales: £1,905.4 billion (Arcadia Group 2017)
Segments / Shopping Categories: Menswear; Footwear
Company Size (No. of Employees): 22,000 (Arcadia Group)
Parent Company/Key Investors: Arcadia Group Ltd.
UK Standalone Stores: 400
International Stores & Stockists: 71
Total Global Stores & Stockists: 447
Key Concessions: ASOS; Zalando; Debenhams; Jacamo
Group Companies: Burton; Topshop; Topman; Miss Selfridge; Outfit; Outfit Kids; Evans; Wallis; Dorothy Perkins
Key Brands Stocked: Burton; Tokyo Laundry; 1904; For; Ben Sherman; Calvin Klein; D-Struct; London Brogue; Penguin; Threadbare; Saint & Sinner; Timex; Umbro; Voi Jeans; Montague Burton; Harry Brown; Havaianas; Hiit; Jack & Jones
Head Office Address: Colegrave House 70 Berners House, London W1T 3NL
PR Company: Arcadia handles their PR in-house for Burton. Alice Stuart - Press Officer 020 7612 2025 firstname.lastname@example.org Sadie Bass - PR Assistant email@example.com
Key Locations: UK; Ireland; Saudi Arabia; Greece; Russia; Libya; United Arab Emirates
Chief Executive: Ian Grabiner
Buying Director: Mitch Hughes
Design Director: Karen Hall (Head of Design For Menswear)
Retail Director: Gill Finlay-Smith
Digital Director: Richard Wilson
Head of Marketing: Laura Johnston (Marketing Manager)
Head of HR: Nicola Thomas
Chief Financial Officer: Andrew McConnell