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Yours Clothing owner buys Long Tall Sally

Lauretta Roberts
18 August 2020

The owner of plus size fashion retailer Yours Clothing has acquired the online business and IP of Long Tall Sally, the specialist clothing brand for tall women.

Andrew Killingsworth, through his AK Retail vehicle, has acquired the 44-year-old brand which caters for women over 5ft 8in, securing its future.

“We will continue to trade LTS as an online proposition and at this moment in time do not anticipate any retail stores, but that could change as we start developing the brand from September.

“The acquisition will also create up to 30 additional jobs and opportunities at our Peterborough HQ across all functions as we look for talented people to help us develop the brand further," he said.

Long Tall Sally was founded by Judy Rich in 1976 and had latterly been owned by TriStyle Mode GmbH, which had been running it as a direct to consumer business. It previously operated nine UK stores and 16 stores across Germany and North America but these had already been closed between 2018 and 2019. Some 50% of its business is generated in North America.

Under the terms of the deal the Long Tall Sally online business and IP rights will be under new ownership of AK Retail Holdings from 1 September. Tristyle had previously announced the business would be wound down to the dismay of its loyal customer base.

The brand is a good fit for Killingworth's retail empire, which also includes men's plus size brand BadRhino and maternity brand Bump It Up.

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