Frasers Group said to be close to Savile Row tailor dealon November 14, 2022 at 4:03 am

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The Sports Direct owner is reported to be advanced talks to buy Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes.

A Gieves and Hawkes shopImage source, Getty Images

Sports Direct owner Frasers Group is reported to be close to securing the purchase of Gieves & Hawkes, the historic Savile Row tailor.

Frasers Group is said to be in advanced talks to buy the 251-year-old firm, according to Sky News which first reported the news.

The retail giant, which was founded by Mike Ashley, emerged as a potential buyer of Gieves & Hawkes in September.

Frasers Group would not officially comment on the report.

Gieves & Hawkes, which has its HQ at Number 1 Savile Row in London – one of the world’s most famous fashion addresses – is one of the oldest bespoke tailoring companies.

But it has faced uncertainty ever since its Hong Kong-based owner collapsed into liquidation last year.

Sky News said the value of any deal was not known at this stage.

Retail billionaire Mike Ashley has been one of the High Street’s most prominent and colourful figures since founding his business 40 years ago.

Mr Ashley recently stepped down from the board of Frasers Group but remains the group’s controlling shareholder.

He had already handed over the running of the group to his son-in-law Michael Murray earlier this year.

Frasers Group has snapped up a number of troubled brands in recent years, including the collapsed fashion retailer Missguided in June.

It also taken over Game, Evans Cycles, Jack Wills and Sofa.com in similar deals.

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