French Connection

French Connection


Founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks, French Connection set out to create well-designed fashionable clothing that appealed to a broad market.

In 1978, French designer, Nicole Farhi, joined. In 1983, her eponymous label was launched by the French Connection parent group and this was not sold until 2010. The company is currently for sale.

Company Information
Annual Sales:


Segments / Shopping Categories:

Menswear; Womenswear; Kidswear

Company Size (No. of Employees): 366
Parent Company/Key Investors:

Stephen Marks 40%, Mike Ashley 27%

UK Standalone Stores: 47
UK Concessions: 51
International Stores & Stockists: 216
Total Global Stores & Stockists: 328
Key Concessions:

House of Fraser; ASOS; John Lewis & Partners

Group Companies:

French Connection; Great Plains; YMC

Key Brands Stocked:

French Connection; Great Plains

Contact Information
Head Office Address:
First Floor, Centro One, 39 Plender Street, London NW1 0DT
Head Office Telephone: 0333 400 3285
PR Company:

French Connection handles their own PR.

Bella Hulse – PR Assistant
020 7036 7200

Michaela Graham-Gardner – Junior Press Officer
020 7036 7200

Bethany Giles – Press Assistant
020 7036 7727

Maryam Farrahi – PR Manager
020 7036 7200

Key Executives
Chief Executive:

Stephen Marks

Product/Trading Director:

Adam Hatchett – Head Production Merchandiser Menswear

Head of Buying: Miriam Beels (Womenswear); Sarah Adams (Womenswear - Clothing, Accessories, & Footwear)
Creative Director: Maria Chen
Retail Director: Simon Donoghue
Head of Marketing: Emily Wright
Head of HR: Emily Butler
Chief Financial Officer: Lee Williams (Group CFO)

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