Latest fashion industry deals

Date: October 2021
Buyer: JD Sports
Target: Cosmos Sport S.A
Business: Sportswear and premium footwear
Value: Undisclosed
Details: JD Sports has acquired an 80% stake in Crete based brand, Cosmos Sport S.A, which operates 57 stores across Greece and 3 in Cyprus. Prior to the investment 70% of Cosmos Sport S.A was owned by founder Fragiskos Tsiknakis and his family with the rest being owned by EOS Capital Partners AIFM. Fragiskos Tsiknakis and his family retain a 20% stake following the transaction with investor EOS Capital Partners disposing its entire holding as part of the deal. The acquisition boosts JD Sports presence in Europe and reports of the acquisition resulted in a rise of its share price.

Date: October 2021
Buyer: MIP Holdings
Target: French Connection
Business: Fashion clothing, accessories and homeware
Value: Brand is set to be valued at £29m ($39.3m) following the transaction
Details: MIP Holdings, a consortium consisting of UK-based apparel industry entrepreneurs Apinder Singh Ghura and Amarjit Singh Grewal and their holding company KJR Brothers Ltd have successfully made a takeover offer for fashion retailer, French Connection. French Connection have reportedly accepted a 30p-per-share offer from MIP Holdings in a deal which is expected to close later this year. Founder and Chairman, Stephen Mark, will reportedly be stepping down from his role once the transaction completes but will remain the biggest shareholder.

Date: September 2021
Buyer: JD Sports
Target: Hairburst
Business: Beauty and Haircare
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Sportwear giant, JD Sports has entered the beauty sector by acquiring a stake in hair and cosmetics brand, Hairburst. Whilst the size of the investment has not been disclosed, the investment is expected to enable Hairburst to grow and acquire a number of other beauty brands.

Date: August 2021
Buyer: Authentic Brands Group
Target: Reebok
Business: Sportswear
Value: Up to $2.5 billion
Details: Adidas has sold Reebok to Authentic Brands Group with the transaction expected to close early 2022 subject to customary closing conditions. It is reported that ABG plans to maintain Reebok’s footprint across retail, wholesale and e-commerce channels.

Date: August 2021
Buyer: Levi Strauss & Co
Target: Beyond Yoga
Business: Premium athletic and lifestyle apparel
Value: Undisclosed sum
Details: Levi Strauss & Co., a company listed on the NYSE and Beyond Yoga, a premium athletic and lifestyle apparel brand based on the U.S. have entered into a sale and purchase agreement for the sale of Beyond Yoga to Levi Strauss and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. With this acquisition, Levi Strauss enters the activewear market and it is reported that it will seek to allocate global resources and infrastructure to expand Beyond Yoga globally. Beyond Yoga is headquartered is LA, California and was founded in 2005 with an aim to promote body positivity.

Date: August 2021
Buyer: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
Target: Sweaty Betty
Business: Activewear retailer
Value: Approx. £295m
Details: Wolverine Worldwide, a New York listed group with a large footwear portfolio has acquired Sweaty Betty, a global fitness and lifestyle brand. L Catterton was Sweaty Betty’s largest shareholder and another large selling shareholder was Wittington Investments alongside the husband and wife team Tamara and Simon Hill-Norton who founded Sweaty Betty in Notting Hill, London in 1998.

Date: August 2021
Buyer: The Hut Group
Target: Cult Beauty
Business: Online beauty retailer
Value: £275m
Details: The Hut Group has acquired Cult Beauty which is the latest in a number of acquisitions by The Hut Group. It is understood that Cult Beauty will be fully migrated onto The Hut Group’s ingenuity platform by the end of 2021.

Date: July 2021
Buyer: JD Sports Group
Target: Gym King
Business: Activewear retailer
Value: Undisclosed – reported as a multimillion pound investment
Details: JD Sports has made a significant investment into performance wear retailer Gym King securing a significant minority stake in the business. This strategic partnership is expected to support growth and international expansion for the Gym King brand, particularly in US, Europe and Asia.

Date: Sale agreed in July 2021 with completion expected in the second half of 2021 once regulatory clearance is obtained
Buyer: Sephora
Target: Feelunique
Business: Online beauty products retailer
Value: £132m
Details: Sephora has agreed to purchase e-commerce beauty retailer Feelunique from private equity house, Palamon Capital Partners. The acquisition will see Sephora acquire Feelunique’s 35,000 product range from over 800 brands and grant it access to Feelunique’s 1.3 million active customer base. The transaction marks an entrance for Sephora in the UK and a continuation of its expansion across the European market. Following the acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory clearance, Feelunique will continue to be led by its current management team.

Date: 28 June 2021
Buyer: JD Sports Group
Target: Deporvillage
Business: Online only sports equipment retailer
Value: €140.4m (£120.4m)
Details: JD Sports Group has acquired an 80% stake in Spanish online sports equipment retailer Deporvillage for €140.4m (£120.4m). €40.4 million of the €140.4 million acquisition price has been deferred and will be paid depending on the performance of the retailer this year. In addition, a number of put and call options to enable future exit opportunities for the founders, and current minority shareholders, Xavier Pladellorens and Ángel Corcuera have also been agreed, which commence two years after completion. Completion of the acquisition of the 80% stake is subject to receiving antitrust clearance.

Date: 25 June 2021
Buyer: JD Sports Group
Target: Missy Empire
Business: Online fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: After raising $634 million for future acquisitions in February 2021, JD Sports has acquired a majority stake in Missy Empire for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is part of wider ambitions for JD Sports to gain a footprint in the young fast fashion market. Missy Empire will remain an independent business from the JD Sports Group. However, Missy Empire’s sportswear collection, Missy Sport, could hit brick-and-mortar stores and JD Sports websites next year.

Date: 23 June 2021 (due to complete in third quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approval)
Buyer: Authentic Brands Group
Target: IZOD, Van Heusen, ARROW and Geoffrey Beene brands (part of the Heritage Brands group portfolio)
Business: The intellectual property and other assets of PVH Corp.’s Heritage Brands business
Value: $220 million
Details: Authentic Brands Group (a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment and lifestyle brands) has entered into a definitive agreement with PVH Corp. to acquire certain intellectual property and other assets of PVH Corp.’s Heritage Brands business. The transaction includes the Izod, Van Heusen, Geoffrey Beene and Arrow brand trademarks. The Authentic Brands Group intends to leverage its global partner network and brand development expertise to continue creating a sustainable licensing business for the brands. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. Centric Brands and United Legwear & Apparel Company have been granted licenses to operate parts of the IZOD, Van Heusen and ARROW sportswear businesses.

Date: 2 June 2021 (due to complete in third quarter of 2021)
Buyer: Etsy
Target: Depop
Business: Peer-to-peer fashion marketplace app
Value: $1.6bn (£1.14bn)
Details: Etsy has agreed to acquire Depop for $1.63bn (£1.15bn) in the third quarter of 2021. Depop will continue as a standalone business run by the existing team from London. After the deal is completed, Etsy will be home to three brands – Etsy, Depop, and also Reverb, an online marketplace for new and used musical instruments.

Date: May 2021
Buyer: JD Sports
Target: Oi Polloi
Business: Manchester-based clothing retailer which sells a luxury menswear brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi and Patagonia
Value: Undisclosed
Details: JD Sports has continued on with its acquisition spree, snapping up Manchester menswear independent Oi Polloi as its latest acquisition. Oi Polloi founders, Nigel Lawson and Steve Sanderson, have reportedly stepped away from the business following the acquisition. The acquisition is thought to have been made by JD Sports using funds received from the £464m placing in February 2021 for the purpose of raising M&A funds.

Date: April 2021
Buyer: The Carlyle Group
Target: END
Business: UK based retailer of luxury menswear garments and footwear
Value: END was reportedly valued at £750 million
Details: The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, has acquired a majority stake in END. END has an omni-channel offering and employs more than 650 in the UK. The founders will retain a significant minority stake and remains co-chief executives of the company. Index Ventures holds a minority stake in END and as part of the transaction will be selling its holding and fully exiting.

Date: March 2021
Buyer: JD Sports Fashion PLC (“JD Sports”)
Target: DTLR
Business: US sportswear and footwear retailer
Value: $495m (£360m)
Details: JD Sports has acquired the US sportswear and footwear retailer DTLR for $495 million (£360 million). The transaction gives JD Sports an enhanced presence in the north and east of the United States and gives JD Sports the opportunity to further enhance its premium retail experience and become a leading customer destination for sneakers and lifestyle apparel. The acquisition is the latest in a spree of acquisitions by JD Sports and completed in the same week that JD Sports acquired a 60% majority stake in Poland-based Marketing Investment Group (MIG) for an undisclosed sum.

Date: February 2021
Buyer: Fred Perry Holdings
Target: Geo J Cox Ltd (trading as George Cox Footwear)
Business: Footwear retailers
Value: Undisclosed
Details: British heritage brand, Fred Perry has acquired the trading business of George Cox Footwear for an undisclosed sum. The Japanese parent company of Fred Perry, Hit Union, will integrate George Cox Footwear into its strategy of growing and developing their brands and will help raise George Cox’s international profile with its digital expertise and niche global distribution network.

Date: March 2021
Buyer: L Catterton (a firm backed by the chief executive of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, and his family’s holding company, Financière Agache)
Target: Birkenstock
Business: Footwear retailers
Value: reportedly €4 billion
Details: L Catterton, one of the largest global consumer-focussed private equity firms, has purchased a majority stake in Birkenstock, the German maker of the iconic sandals. Whilst the size and value of the stake has not been officially disclosed, it has been speculated that a 60-70% has been sold by brothers Alex Birkenstock and Christian Birkenstock who will be retaining a minority share in the company. The transaction is expected to facilitate further growth for Birkenstock in future growth markets such as China and India and to help expand its marketing position in Europe and America.

Date: February 2021
Buyer: Boohoo
Target: Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Wallis (part of the Arcadia Group, in administration)
Business: Fashion retailers (womenswear and menswear)
Value: £25.2m
Details: Online fashion retailer Boohoo bought the Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Wallis brands which were put up for sale after Arcadia went into administration. The deal to buy the brands out of administration does not include any of their 214 UK stores. Under the terms of the deal, Boohoo agreed to buy the e-commerce and digital assets and associated intellectual property rights, including customer data, related business information and inventory of the Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis brands. 260 head office roles involved in design, buying, merchandising and digital operations will also be transferred to Boohoo under the deal.

Date: February 2021
Buyer: ASOS
Target: Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT (part of the Arcadia Group, in administration)
Business: Fashion retailers (womenswear, menswear and activewear)
Value: £330m (£265m for the brands and £65m for current and future stock)
Details: Online fashion retailer ASOS has bought the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands which were put up for sale after Arcadia collapsed into administration last year. The acquired brands will join ASOS’ Venture Brands portfolio. ASOS will not be taking on any of the brands’ stores and will only be taking on 300 head office employees to help with design, buying and retail partnerships. The acquisition of these brands will help ASOS accelerate its multi-brand platform strategy.

The transaction was fully cash funded from existing cash reserves.

Date: January 2021
Buyer: Boohoo
Target: Debenhams (in administration)
Business: womenswear, menswear and childswear
Value: £55m
Details: Online fashion retailer, Boohoo, has bought the Debenhams brand and website but will not be taking on any of its’ employees or 118 high street stores. The Debenhams chain had already begun the process of closing down after its administrators, FRP Advisory, failed to secure a rescue deal for the business back in December 2020. Boohoo has said the “transformational” deal represents a “fantastic opportunity” to target new customers and launch into the beauty, sports and homewares market for the first time.

Date: December 2020
Buyer: City Chic Collective
Target: Evans (part of the Arcadia Group, in administration)
Business: Fashion retailer (plus-size womenswear)
Value: £23m
Details: Australian plus-size retail group City Chic Collective acquired the Evans brand and online and wholesale business for approximately £23m. The Evans store network was not included as part of the deal and City Chic Collective will continue to operate Evans as an online-only brand.

Date: January 2021
Buyer: Purepay Retail Limited (“Purepay”)
Target: The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Duvetco Limited (Ponden Home) (in administration)
Business: Knitwear and homeware retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: The joint administrators to clothing retailer The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and sister brand Duvetco Limited (Ponden Home) have completed the sale of the businesses to Purepay. Purepay is a subsidiary of secured creditor and parent company Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) Group and is backed by an international investor consortium. The sale has secured approximately 1,453 jobs and 246 stores. Purepay will operate the 246 stores under licence from across both brands and the remaining stores have been permanently closed.

Date: January 2021
Buyer: Marks & Spencer (“M&S”)
Target: Jaeger (in administration)
Business: Traditional high-quality womenswear and menswear
Value: Reportedly around £5 million
Details: M&S have purchased collapsed fashion brand Jaeger from administrators, FRP Advisory. Jaeger went into administration in November 2020 following hampered business performance resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. M&S have reported that the acquisition is part of its strategy to turbocharge online growth by selling complementary third-party brands as part of its Never The Same Again programme.

Date: January 2021
Buyer: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (“LVMH”)
Target: Tiffany and Co.
Business: Global luxury jewellery and specialty retailer
Value: 15.8 billion dollars
Details: LVMH has completed its acquisition of global luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co. for a purchase price of $131.50 per share. The acquisition will transform LVMH’s watches and jewellery division. LVMH has already announced several new leadership appointments at Tiffany.

Date: January 2021
Buyer: JD Sports
Target: Wellgosh
Business: Independent menswear retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Wellgosh is an independent menswear retailer based in Leicester. Wellgosh is the latest brand to be added to JD Sports’ growing portfolio.

Date: January 2021
Buyer: Frasers Group (owner of Sports Direct, House of Fraser etc)
Target: Psyche
Business: Luxury fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Middlesbrough based business, Psyche has become a part of the Mike Ashley retail empire after a buyout deal was agreed for both the Psyche retailer stores and online operations. The luxury fashion boutique hosts more than 200 high-end brands for men, women and children.

Date: December 2020
Buyer: JD Sports Fashion PLC
Target: Shoe Palace
Business: US footwear retailer
Value: $325million
Details: UK-based sportswear retailer, JD Sports has continued with its US expansion by acquiring California based Shoe Palace, giving the brand a stronger presence on the West Coast. In a statement JD Sports has said that the deal with the family-owned business would “strengthen its connection with Hispanic and Latino consumers who represent a significant proportion of Shoe Palace’s customer base.”

Date: September 2020
Buyer: Next Plc
Target: Victoria’s Secret
Business: High street fashion
Value: Not disclosed
Details: Next Plc acquired a majority stake (51%) in Victoria Secret’s UK business under a newly formed joint venture.

Date: June 2020
Buyer: Boohoo Group
Target: Oasis and Warehouse
Business: High street fashion
Value: £5.25 million
Details: Online fashion retailer Boohoo has agreed to buy the online businesses and all associated intellectual property of Oasis and Warehouse from Hilco Capital. The brand and stock of both businesses were initially bought by Hilco Capital when Oasis and Warehouse collapsed into administration in April 2020.

Date: June 2020
Buyer: Puig
Target: Charlotte Tilbury Group
Business: UK-based make-up brand
Value: Approximately £790 million
Details: Barcelona based fragrance and fashion group Puig has acquired a majority stake in UK-based make-up brand Charlotte Tilbury. The deal is being described as a ‘strategic partnership’ between Puig and the brand’s founder Charlotte Tilbury who will retain a substantial minority stake whilst continuing to act as Chair, President and Chief Creative Officer. Bloomberg is reported to have valued the company at around $1bn (£790m).

Date: June 2020
Buyer: Brigadier Acquisition Company
Target: Moss Bros
Business: Menswear tailoring business
Value: £22.6 million
Details: Brigadier Acquisition Company agreed to pay 22p per share in Moss Bros to take Moss Bros private in March 2020. Brigadier attempted to retract the offer and after some back and forth with the Takeover Panel as to whether the offer could be withdrawn, the Takeover Panel has ruled that Brigadier must proceed with the offer and the transaction is expected to complete this month.

Date: May 2020
Buyer: Boohoo Group
Target: 21Three Clothing (trades as PrettyLittleThing)
Business: Web-based fast fashion retailer
Value: Initial consideration of £269.8m with potential for further consideration based on share price
Details: Online retailer Boohoo has purchased the remaining 34 per cent of its subsidiary company PrettyLittleThing, Boohoo already held a 66 per cent majority stake in the business.

Date: May 2020
Buyer: Fashion Ventures Limited
Target: Little Black Dress
Business: Womenswear marketplace
Value: Not disclosed
Details: Manchester based Little Black Dress has been bought out of administration by Fashion Ventures Limited, a private investment firm in a pre-pack deal.

Date: May 2020
Buyer: SCP Private Equity
Target: TM Lewin
Business: British menswear brand
Value: Not disclosed
Details: Private equity firm SCP has purchased TM Lewin from its current owner Bain Capital via a special purpose vehicle named Torque Brands. TM Lewin has been backed by Bain Capital since 2015. TM Lewin was founded in 1898 and currently has 66 stores in the UK.

Date: March 2020
Company Inverleith LLP
Business: Outdoors clothing and equipment
Value: Not disclosed
Details: Private equity firm Inverleith LLP has bought a majority stake in Montane. Montane is the British Mountaineering Council’s recommended clothing and pack partner.

Date: November 2019
Company Estée Lauder
Business: Beauty, skin care products
Value: Around $1.1 billion
Details: Estée Lauder is acquiring two-thirds of the share capital of the owner of growing Seoul-based skin care company Dr Jart+ cosmetics, Estée Lauder already owns a minority stake in the business.

Date: November 2019
Company VMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (LVMH)
Business: Global luxury jeweler
Value: $135 per share in cash (around £12.6bn)
Details: It has been announced that LVMH and Tiffany have entered into a definitive agreement for LVMH to acquire Tiffany. The transaction is expected to close some time in 2020 subject to a number of conditions.

Date: October 2019
Company Luxury Ventures (investment arm of LVMH)
Business: LA based streetwear label
Value: Financial details have not been disclosed.
Details: Madhappy is a two year old streetwear/loungewear brand with positive and optimistic messaging.

Date: September 2019
Company Vice Media Inc.
Business: American digital media and entertainment publisher
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Deal has been announced but is expected to close before the end of the year.

Date: September 2019
Company Kathmandu Holdings
Business: Surf brand and activity wear
Value: $236 million (US dollars)
Details: Kathmandu Holdings (dual listed on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges) has purchased the entire issued shareholding of Rip Curl.

Date: August 2019
Company Boohoo
Business: UK womenswear brands
Value: £18.2 million pre-pack administration
Details: Boohoo has purchased the online businesses of Karen Millen and Coast from administration as part of a pre-pack adminstration deal.

Date: August 2019
Company Farfetch
Business: Luxury streetwear brand
Value: £556 million
Details: The Milan based holding company, New Guards Group, launched a number of luxury streetwear brands including Off-White and Palm Angels.

Date: August 2019
Company Sports Direct
Business: British fashion brand and retailer
Value: £12.75m pre-pack administration
Details: Sports Direct has purchased Jack Wills out of administration as part of a pre-pack administration deal after Bluegem Capital Partners put the retailer up for sale earlier in the year.

Date: July 2019
Company Manolo Blahnik
Business: Women’s footwear manufacturer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Luxury shoe brand Manolo Blahnik has purchased Calzaturificio Re Marcello, a women’s footwear manufacturer being a factory acquisition for Manolo Blahnik.

Date: June 2019
Company The RealReal Inc.
Business: Online luxury reseller
Value: Raised $300 million in US IPO
Details: The RealReal Inc., an internet-based apparel reseller enables consumers to buy and sell luxury items providing a platform for transactions between consumers and also verifying that the good are authentic. The IPO valued the company at $1.6 billion.

Date: June 2019
Company Revolve Group LLC
Business: Online clothing company
Value: Raised $212 million in US IPO
Details: Revolve enables local brands to sell bespoke clothing online.

Date: June 2019
Target: Grandeur Clothing
Investor Bibby Financial Services (BFS)
Business: Menswear
Value: £400,000
Details: BFS has invested a combination of invoice and trade financing in Grandeur Clothing in support of its growth plans to widen its offering to womenswear and kidswear.

Date: April 2019
Target: Pretty Green
Buyer: JD Sports
Business: Fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: JD Sports has bought Pretty Green out of administration for an undisclosed sum including its brand, online and wholesale business and its flagship store in Manchester.

Date: March 2019
Buyer: Boohoo
Target: MissPap
Business: Online womenswear retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Boohoo Group bought the brand and intellectual property assets of MissPap for an undisclosed sum.

Date: March 2019
Buyer: Lewis Trust Group
Target: Mint Velvet
Business: British fashion brand and retailer
Value: £100m
Details: The parent company of River Island, the Lewis Trust Group, bought Mint Velvet.

Date: January 2019
Target: Gabriela Hearst
Investor LVMH Luxury Ventures
Business: American luxury brand dedicated to sustainability
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Gabriela Hearst received minority investment from LVMH Luxury Ventures.

Date: January 2019
Buyer: Anthesis Group
Target: Made-By Ltd
Business: Sustainable fashion
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Anthesis Group has acquired key assets of Made-By UK Ltd. Made-By UK Ltd went into liquidation in October 2018.

Date: 12 November 2018
Target: Proenza Schouler​
Vendor Castanea Partners
Business: Women’s wear and accessories
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Proenza Schouler founders McCollough and Hernandez have bought out private equity house Castanea Partners and certain other existing investors with the support of a group of new private investors.

Date: Announced 1 November 2018
Buyer: Canada Goose Holdings Inc
Target: Baffin Inc.
Business: Outdoor and industrial footwear designer and manufacturer
Value: 32.5 million Canadian Dollars
Details: Canada Goose Holdings Inc. has acquired the designer and manufacturer of outdoor and industrial footwear for a combination of cash and share consideration. Canada Goose has indicated that Baffin will remain a stand-alone business operating out of its headquarters in Ontario.

Date: 30 October 2018
Buyer: Sports Direct International Plc
Target: Evans Cycles
Business: Cycling equipment and attire
Value: £8 million
Details: Sports Direct has acquired the Evans Cycles brand and certain other assets in a prepack deal after the UK retailer fell into administration.

Date: Announced 22 October 2018
Buyer: B&M European Value: Retail S.A.
Target: Paminvest SAS
Business: French discount retailer Babou​
Value: 91.2 million euros
Details: B&M have purchased Paminvent SAS, which operates the Babou chain in cash in a deal financed through a loan facility which included the refinancing of the target’s debt.

Date: 12 October 2018
Buyer: Walmart Inc.
Target: Bare Necessities
Business: Intimates online retailer
Value: Undisclosed.
Details: Walmart adds Bare Necessities to its portfolio in the online fashion space. Bare Necessities will continue to operate its site and run as a standalone brand to Walmart’s other e-commerce sites.

Date: 12 October 2018
Buyer: Sports Direct International
Vendor Glasgow City Council as administrative authority for the Strathclyde Pension Fund
Target: Frasers department store (property acquisition)
Business: Department store
Value: £95 million
Details: Sports Direct has acquired the iconic department store in Glasgow, which houses luxury brands such as Hermes, Prada and Gucci, and reportedly intends to continue to operate the property as Frasers.

Date: Announced 28 September 2018
Buyer: / Investor Chanel
Target: Orlebar Brown
Business: Luxury swimwear brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Privately owned Chanel has acquired Orlebar Brown from a number of shareholders, including founder, Adam Brown, and private equity house Piper for an undisclosed but reportedly substantial sum. In August the fashion press reported that the company was gearing up for a £50million sale.

Date: 19 September 2018
Buyer/Investor: L-Gam Advisors Sarl​
Target: Woolrich International
Business: Outdoor clothing brand
Value: Undisclosed.
Details: Luxembourg investment company L-Gam Advisors Sarl has acquired a majority stake in American outdoor clothing brand Woolrich International in an investment intended to assist the target in its international expansion plans.

Date: Announced 18 September 2018
Buyer/Investor: Chanel
Target: Montres Journe SA
Business: Manufacturer of luxury time pieces
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Chanel has acquired a 20% stake in the Swiss company which produces high-end watches under the brand F.P. Journe in what Chanel say “is part of the desire to preserve and develop expertise and to support independent watch makers who share the same values of creation and excellence as Chanel”.

Date: Announced 14 September 2018
Buyer: Klarna Bank AB
Target: Close Brothers Retail Finance
Business: Retail finance provider
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Klarna has announced it has agreed to acquire Close Brothers Retail Finance from Close Brothers Group plc in a deal conditional upon obtaining approval to the change in control of the retail finance provider from the Financial Supervisory Authority of Sweden.

Date: 10 September 2018
Buyer: Ted Baker
Target: No Ordinary Shoes Limited and No Ordinary Shoes USA LLC
Vendor Pentland Group Plc
Business: Footwear retailer
Value: Up to £21million (£13million on closing plus a net asset adjustment expected to be between £4-8million)
Details: Ted Baker brings its UK and US footwear operations in house with the purchase of No Ordinary Shoes Limited and no Ordinary Shoes USA LLC in a deal financed by Ted Baker’s existing bank facilities.

Date: 3 September 2018
Buyer: The Hut Group
Target: Acheson & Acheson
Business: Manufacturer for prestige beauty brands
Value: Between £50million – £100million​
Details: Manchester based beauty tech firm, The Hut Group, has acquired beauty products manufacturer Acheson & Acheson indicating it is planning to spend a further £50million on expanding the target’s business formula in Europe and the US.

Date: 10 August 2018
Buyer: Sports Direct International plc
Target: House of Fraser
Business: Fashion Retailer
Value: £90million
Details: Sports Direct International plc has acquired the business and assets of House of Fraser from the administrators of House of Fraser Limited, House of Fraser (Stores) Limited and James Beattie Limited (the main operating companies of the House of Fraser Group). The assets acquired included all UK stores, the brand and the stock in the business.

Date: 2 August 2018
Buyer: Charlesbank Capital Partners
Target: The Rockport Group
Business: Fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Charlesbank Capital Partners have acquired substantially all of the assets of The Rockport Group, including the North American wholesale and e-commerce operations, all of Rockport’s international operations and retail stores, and the Aravon and Dunham brands.

Date: Announced 28 August 2018
Investor Sapinda Holding B.V.
Target: Naked Brand Group Limited
Business: Lingerie and swimwear
Value: $25million
Details: Naked Brand Group Limited have announced the term sheet for a $25million strategic investment from leading European investment firm Sapinda Holding B.V., which is the owner of Italian lingerie firm La Perla. The term sheet contemplates a private placement of up to 5,000,000 newly issued ordinary shares for a price per share of US$5.00.

Date: Announced 10 July 2018
Buyer/Investor: Calares
Target: Blowfish Malibu
Business: Women’s footwear
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Calares, a portfolio of global footwear brands, has acquired a controlling interest in women’s footwear brand, Blowfish Malibu, which at the time of the acquisition had a trailing 12-month revenue of approximately $27 million.

Date: Announced 2 July 2018
Buyer/Investor: Gordon Brothers
Target: Bench
Business: Streetwear fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: US investment firm, Gordon Brothers, has acquired the Bench brand and all related intellectual property assets out of administration. Gordon Brothers have indicated that in the short term it will focus on “re-establish the brand’s European e-commerce presence”.

Date: Announced 2 July 2018
Buyer/Investor: Pronovias Group
Target: Nicole Fashion Group S.p.A.
Business: Italian bridal wear brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Through Pronovias, private equity firm BC Partners has reached agreement to acquire European bridal fashion firm Nicole Fashion Gro, strengthening its position in the European bridal-wear sector.

Date: 3 July 2018
Buyer/Investor: Authentic Brands Group LLC
Vendor Nine West Holdings, Inc.
Target: Nine West and Bandolina brands
Business: Footwear and handbags
Value: Reported over $340million​
Details: American brand development and licensing company, Authentic Brands Group LLC has acquired the Nine West and Bandolino brands, including all intellectual property, licensing partnerships and marketing activities for the brands. Amongst ABG’s existing portfolio of over 33 brands Juicy Couture, Thalia, Judith Leiber and Hickey Freeman.

Date: 18 June 2018
Buyer/Investor: JD Sports Fashion Plc
Target: The Finish Line, Inc.
Business: Sportswear retailer
Value: US$558 million
Details: British retailer JD Sports Fashion Plc has acquired the entire issued share capital of US athletic footwear, apparel and accessories retailer, The Finish Line Inc., at a price of $13.50 per share.

Date: Announced 16 June 2018
Buyer/Investor: George Feldenkreis
Target: Perry Ellis International Inc
Business: Clothing designer and retailer
Value: US$437 million
Details: The target has agreed to be taken private by its founder and board member, Mr Feldenkreis, in a deal reportedly valued at approximately US$437 million. A newly formed entity controlled by Mr FeldenKreis will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of the target not already beneficially owned by the Feldenkreis family for US$27.50 per share in cash.

Date: Closed June 2018
Buyer/Investor: Puig
Target: Dries Van Noten
Business: Belgian fashion brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Spanish family-owned fragrance and fashion firm Puig (owner of the Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci and Jean Paul Gualtier brands), has acquired a majority stake in Dries Van Noten. Dries Van Noten has retained a minority stake and remains the brand’s chief creative officer and Chairman of the Board.

Date: June 2018
Buyer/Investor: Vaultier7
Target: The Modist
Business: Online fashion retailer
Value: $15million
Details: Female-led investment fund, Vaultier7, specialist in consumer businesses in the health, beauty and lifestyle sectors has led a $15million investment round in Dubai and London based online retailer The Modist. The Modist has released a stating saying it intends to use the money to “further grow and consolidate: its leading position in core markets”.

Date: Announced 10 May 2018 (closing in Q3)
Buyer/Investor: Canadian Tire Corp
Target: Helly Hansen
Business: Global brand and leader in sportswear and workwear
Value: C$985 million
Details: Canadian Tire Corporation, has agreed to acquire the Norway based company that owns and operates the Helly Hansen brands and related businesses from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, for $985 million, (which assumes approximately $50 million of operating debt, net of cash).

Date: Closed 21 May 2018
Buyer/Investor: CorpAcq
Target: Cotton Traders Limited
Business: Altrincham based casual clothing retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Buy & build acquisitions group CorpAcq has acquired a majority stake in Cotton Traders for an undisclosed amount. Founders, former England rugby players Fran Cotton and Steve Smith, will remain on the board, whilst Jon Dorsett, CorpAcq’s investor director, will be appointed as a non-executive director.

Date: Announced 14 May 2018 (closing expected to take place later this year)
Buyer/Investor: Burberry Group Plc
Vendor CF&P Srl
Business: Development and manufacture of luxury leather-goods including handbags and accessories
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Burberry Group Plc has agreed to acquire a luxury leather-goods business from Scandicci based Italian manufacturer, and long-standing Italian partner, CF&P Srl. The acquisition includes equipment, inventory and CF&P employees, including a team of expert craftsmen.

Date: Closed 4 May 2018
Buyer/Investor: Fosun Industrial Holdings Limited
Target: Wolford AG
Business: Luxury hosiery, bras and bodywear retailer
Value: Approximately EUR 12.80 per share (unconfirmed)
Details: Chinese private conglomerate Fosun Industrial Holdings Limited has become the majority shareholer of Vienna listed Wolford AG, having acquired a 50.87% stake in the luxury textiles firm from the former major shareholder group. The deal reportedly included Fosun agreeing to provide EUR 22 million of fresh equity to the target company.

Date: Announced 2 May 2018 (exchanging end of June 2018)
Buyer/Investor: C.banner
Target: House of Fraser Group Ltd
Business: Department store group in the UK and Ireland
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Chinese retail conglomerate C.banner, owner of iconic toy store Hamleys, is to acquire a majority (51%) stake in department store group House of Fraser from Nanjing Cenbest, House of Fraser’s parent company, together with a subscription for fresh equity. Nanjing Cenbest will remain a significant minority shareholder.

Date: Announced 30 April 2018
Buyer/Investor: Authentic Brands Group LLC (ABG)
Target: Nautica brand
Business: Iconic American lifestyle brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: ABG, a New-York based brand development, marketing and entertainment company which owns brands including Juicy Couture, Jones New York, Herve Leger and Judith Leiber, acquires the Nautica brand, including its brand marketing and licensing functions, from VF Corporation, a branded lifestyle, apparel, footwear and accessories company listed on the NYSE.

Date: Announced 30 April 2018 (closing 30 June 2018)
Buyer/Investor: Amer Sports Corporation
Target: Peak Performance brand
Business: Swedish premium performance outerwear and streetwear brand
Value: DKK 1.9 billion (approximately £225 million)
Details: Amer Sports Corporation, a sporting goods company listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange, has agreed to acquire Peak Performance, a Swedish premium performance outerwear and streetwear brand, from IC Group, a Danish-listed brand portfolio company.

Date: Announced 30 April 2018 (closing expected to take place in the second half of 2019)
Buyer/Investor: Sainsbury’s
Target: Asda Group Limited
Business: Grocery, general merchandise and clothing retail group
Value: £7.3 billion
Details: Sainsbury’s and Walmart Inc., the parent company of Asda Group Limited, have announced an agreement to merge (subject to competition authority approvals), with Sainsbury’s set to acquire a majority stake in Asda, in a deal which is predicted to change the landscape of the UK’s value: clothing retailers.

Date: February 2018
Buyer/Investor: Boi Trading Company
Target: Juice Corporation
Business: Manchester-based importer, wholesaler and distributor of fashion brands and owner of fashion labels including Gabicci, Joe Bloggs and Elizabeth Emanuel
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Boi Trading Company buys Juice Corporation out of administration. Boi Trading Company is a Manchester-based brand house and distributor.

Date: February 2018
Buyer/Investor: Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) Group
Target: Berwin & Berwin
Business: Manufacturer and distributor of men’s tailoring
Value: Undisclosed
Details: EWM Group buys Berwin & Berwin out of administration. EWM Group purchased Austin Reed in November 2016 and Jaegar in March 2017, Berwin & Berwin having been the main supplier of both.

Date: 31 January 2018
Buyer/Investor: JD Sports Fashion Plc
Target: Sport Zone
Business: Multi-branded sports retailer (Portugal / Spain) of apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment
Value: Cash of c.€7.1m, consideration shares comprising a 30% shareholding in JD Sprinter Holdings 2010 S.L. (“JDSH”, JD’s existing Iberian business) and contingent consideration of up to €23.5m payable by JDSH based on value: creation.
Details: JD Sports Fashion acquired Iberian sports retailer Sport Zone with unconditional clearance from the European Commission.

Date: January 2018
Buyer/Investor: Eisha Bharati Pasricha
Target: Fyodor Golan​
Business: London-based luxe-sports womenswear label
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Fashion investor Eisha Bharati Pasricha has acquired a “significant minority stake” in Fyodor Golan.

Date: January 2018
Buyer/Investor: Foot Locker, Inc.
Target: Carbon38
Business: Women’s luxury active wear apparel company
Value: $15 million
Details: Foot Locker, Inc. an athletic retailer has made an investment in Carbon 38 in a Series A funding round.

Date: January 2018
Buyer/Investor: Yu Capital
Target: Mary Katrantzou
Business: Designer fashion label
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Wendy Yu has acquired a minority stake in designer fashion label Mary Katrantzou.

Date: December 2017
Buyer/Investor: Exquisite Apparel
Target: Crew Clothing
Business: British lifestyle apparel clothing
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Private equity firm Livingbridge sold its 25% stake in Crew Clothing to Exquisite Apparel, a US Clothing Manufacturer.

Date: December 2017
Buyer/Investor: L Catterton
Target: Ganni
Business: Danish fashion label
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Private equity firm L Catterton has acquired a 51% stake in Ganni, the Danish mid-market label.

Date: November 2017
Buyer/Investor: VF Corporation
Target: Icebreaker Holdings Ltd
Business: Men, women and children apparel
Value: Undisclosed
Details: VF corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the winter brand Icebreaker, a new Zealand based brand which focuses on apparel made from Merino wool, plant-based fibres and recycled fibres and is expected to complete in early 2018.

Date: November 2017
Buyer/Investor: The Foschini Group
Target: Hobbs
Business: British clothing brand
Value: Undisclosed sum
Details: South African retailer, TFG, has purchased Hobbs Limited from private equity group 3i. TFG has previously purchased womenswear retailers Whistles, Phase Eight and Damsel in a Dress.

Date: November 2017
Buyer/Investor: New York & Company
Target: Assets of Fashion to Figure
Business: US based retailer of plus-size fashion
Value: $1,400,000
Details: TFT Acquisition LLC will acquire the assets (including the intellectual property rights) of the Fashion to Figure brand and such will then be acquired by New York & Company as part of an ongoing reorganisation.

Date: November 2017
Buyer/Investor: Neo Investment Partners
Target: Victoria Beckham Limited
Business: Luxury clothing, accessories, footwear and eyewear
Value: £30,000,000
Details: Neo Partners Limited has invested £30,000,000 in Victoria Beckham Limited taking a minority stake in the company which valued the target at £100,000,000.

Date: October 2017
Buyer/Investor: Long Tall Sally
Target: Pretty Tall
Business: Women’s fashion
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Long Tall Sally has acquired Dutch retailer Pretty Tall, both brands focusing on fashion and footwear for tall women.

Date: October 2017
Buyer/Investor: Helly Hansen
Target: Musto
Business: Specialist sailing and country apparel brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Helly Hansen is to acquire Musto from Phoenix Equity Partners and other shareholders.

Date: October 2017
Buyer/Investor: The Carlyle Group
Target: Supreme
Business: Skater-inflected label
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Founder of supreme, James Jebbia has sold a stake in the ‘streetwear’ company to the private equity firm The Carlyle Group.

Date: October 2017
Buyer/Investor: L Catterton
Target: Caro Cuore
Business: Argentinian lingerie and fashion brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: L Catterton has joined with other investors to acquire Caro Cuore in Argentina.

Date: September 2017
Buyer/Investor: Marquee Brands
Target: BCBG brands
Business: Women’s fashion
Value: US$108m
Details: Brands including BCBGMaxAzria, BCBGeneration and Herve Leger acquired from BCBG Max Azria Global Holdings.

Date: August 2017
Buyer/Investor: Marquee Brands
Target: BCBG brands
Business: Women’s fashion
Value: US$108m
Details: Brands including BCBGMaxAzria, BCBGeneration and Herve Leger acquired from BCBG Max Azria Global Holdings.

Date: August 2017
Buyer/Investor: BasicNet S.p.A
Target: Sebago brand
Business: Nautical footwear and clothing
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Wolverine Worldwide sells to Italian corporation.

Date: August 2017
Buyer/Investor: Aldo
Target: Camuto Group
Business: Footwear and accessories
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Canadian footwear company confirms the Camuto family will continue to own and operate the Camuto apparel business.

Date: August 2017
Buyer/Investor: RZC Investments
Target: Rapha
Business: Cycling lifestyle brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Private equity firm run by heirs to Walmart fortune, Steuart and Tom Walton, acquires a majority stake in British brand.

Date: August 2017
Buyer/Investor: Old Mutual Global Investors
Target: The Hut Group
Business: Online retailer
Value: £125m
Details: A further funding round values the online business at £2.5b.

Date: August 2017
Buyer/Investor: Temasek
Target: Stone Island
Business: Fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund acquires 30% stake complementing investments in Farfetch, Moncler and Dufry.

Date: August 2017
Buyer/Investor: MK Direct
Target: Envie de Fraise
Business: Maternity clothing
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Eurazeo portfolio company acquires private equity backed Paris based brand.

Date: July 2017
Buyer/Investor: Michael Kors
Target: Jimmy Choo
Business: Luxury footwear and accessories
Value: US$1.2bn
Details: Exit for JAB Luxury the investment arm of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family.

Date: July 2017
Buyer/Investor: IPO
Target: Quiz
Business: Fashion label
Value: £200m
Details: Listing an AIM raises £102m, of which £10m goes to the company.

Date: July 2017
Buyer/Investor: BC Partners
Target: Pronovias
Business: Bridalwear
Value: €550m
Details: Founder and owner Alberto Palatchi will retain a minority stake.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Great Hill Partners
Target: The Real Real
Business: Online luxury consignment store
Value: US$50m
Details: Latest investment brings funds raised to $173m.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Wal-Mart
Target: Bonobos
Business: Menswear brand
Value: US$310m
Details: US giant acquires digital first brand.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Burda Principal Investments (lead investor)
Target: M. Gemi
Business: Footwear
Value: US$16m
Details: Existing investors participate in series C round bringing funds raised to $47m.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
Target: Lazarda Group SA
Business: Online mall
Value: US$1bn
Details: Chinese e-commerce leader invests another $1bn to buy out fellow shareholders, with only management and Temasek Holdings remaining as shareholders.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Lucy Litwack
Target: Coco de Mer
Business: Lingerie brand
Value: £5m
Details: Managing director buys brand with backing from Swiss investor.

Date: June 2017
Target: Farfetch
Business: Online luxury marketplace
Value: US$397m
Details: China’s largest retailer invests to bring platform to Chinese market and becomes one of the largest shareholders.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Pembroke VCT
Target: Alexa Chung
Business: Women’s fashion brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Investment in eponymous label.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Crowd Funding
Target: The Chapar
Business: Online menswear concierge
Value: £1.3m
Details: Fundraising on Crowdcube exceeds £1m target.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Rockpool Investments
Target: Cotswold Collections
Business: Mature women’s fashion brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: New investment funds management buyout.

Date: June 2017
Buyer/Investor: Middle East Venture Partners (lead investor)
Target: ModaCruz
Business: Pre-owned women’s fashion etailer
Value: US$2m
Details: Series B funding included Yemeksepeti, CEO Nevzat Aydin and Hummingbird as investors.

Date: May 2017
Buyer/Investor: Livingbridge
Target: In The Style
Business: Online fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: This latest investment builds on previous deals with FatFace and Crew Clothing.

Date: May 2017
Buyer/Investor: Coach Inc
Target: Kate Spade & Company
Business: Handbag and accessories designer
Value: US$2.4bn
Details: Acquisition for cash.

Date: May 2017
Buyer/Investor: Webster Capital
Target: Matilda Jane Clothing
Business: Girls and women apparel
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Secondary buyout from CID Capital.

Date: May 2017
Buyer/Investor: The Foschini Group
Target: Retail Apparel Group
Business: Apparel retailer
Value: US$226m
Details: Navis Capital sells to South African listed group.

Date: May 2017
Buyer/Investor: Charles S. Cohen
Target: Harrys of London
Business: Handmade designer footwear
Value: Undisclosed
Details: New York based entrepreneur buys from shareholders led by US private equity firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners.

Date: May 2017
Buyer/Investor: Harold Tillman led consortium
Target: Style Group Brands
Business: Fashion retail group
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Owner of Jacques Vert, Precis, Eastex and Windsmoor brands sold in pre-pack deal.

Date: May 2017
Buyer/Investor: Total Capital
Target: Weird Fish
Business: Casual lifestyle clothing
Value: Undisclosed
Details: A secondary buyout from Piper Private Equity. Total Capital will hold a 70% interest with management who are reinvesting.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: L Catterton
Target: Maaji
Business: Beachwear brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: LVMH backed private equity firm buys controlling stake in leading Colombian brand from co-founder Manuela and Amalia Sierra, to merge with Australian Seafolly brand.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: Adastria
Target: Velvet
Business: Contemporary apparel
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Japanese multi brand company acquires California based business.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: CVC
Target: Breitling
Business: Luxury watches
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Private equity firm acquires 80%, subject to regulatory approval, reported to be for US$670m. Former majority owner, Theodore Schneider will retain a 20% stake.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: Authentic Brands Group
Target: Frye
Business: Footwear brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Addition to ABG portfolio of a 51% stake in one of the oldest footwear brands in the US, acquired from Global Brands Group Holding.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: LVMH
Target: Dior
Business: Couture brand
Value: Transaction values the couture brand at €6.5bn
Details: Transaction consolidates ownership of the couture business in LVMH which operates the fragrance and cosmetics part of the brand.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: Sports Direct
Target: Bob’s Stores & Eastern Mountain Sports
Business: Footwear, clothing & paddleboards
Value: US$ 101m
Details: Acquisition of debt from parent Eastern Outfitters in Chapter 11 gives 50 outlets for Sports Direct.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: Fanatics
Target: Majestic and other licensed sports brands
Business: Apparel and fanware
Value: Undisclosed
Details: VF Corp continues its overhaul of its brand portfolio.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: L Catterton
Target: Mizzen + Main
Business: Menswear
Value: Undisclosed
Details: American made menswear label receives development capital.

Date: April 2017
Buyer/Investor: Alex Apparel
Target: SL Fashions Group
Business: Womenswear
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Atlantic Street Group portfolio company buys New York based SL Fashions.which designs and distributes under the SL, JR Nites and Ignite brand names.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: Four Marketing
Target: Agent Provocateur
Business: Lingerie retailer
Value: £25m
Details: 3i sells through a pre-pack administration deal to buyer: part owned by Mike Ashley.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: Endurance Partners
Target: Tuc Tuc
Business: Children’s clothing
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Barcelona based private equity house acquires a majority stake in Spanish business.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: Jining Ruyi Investment Company
Target: Aquascutum
Business: Clothing brand
Value: £95m
Details: British brand sold by Hong Kong listed YGM Trading to a member of the China Shandong Ruyi Technology Group.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: IPO Endurance Partners
Target: Canada Goose
Business: Arctic luxury brand
Value: US$ 225m new money raised
Details: IPO pricing valued company at US$1.2bn on listing.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: PVH Corporation
Target: True & Co
Business: Intimate apparel
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Acquisition will fit well with other PVH brands, eg Calvin Klein, which have extensive underwear lines. Sellers include a number of private equity houses.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: Sentinel Capital Partners
Target: Cabi Holdings Co LLC
Business: Women’s clothing retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Retailer sells through a network of 3,500 independent stylists.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: IPO
Target: J Jill
Business: Women’s apparel retailer
Value: Listing price values the company at cUS$568m
Details: No proceeds are going to the company. Owner TowerBrook is selling shares in the IPO but will retain more than a 50% holding in the stock.

Date: March 2017
Target: ModCloth
Business: Women’s clothing retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Walmart owned Jet buys retailer known for selling offbeat apparel.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: Endless
Target: Jones the Bootmaker
Business: Footwear retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Private equity house acquires 72 out of 97 high street stores in pre-pack administration transaction for a reported £10.5m.

Date: March 2017
Buyer/Investor: Four Holdings
Target: Oki-ni
Business: Luxury menswear online platform
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Acquisition comes swiftly after purchase of Agent Provocateur.

Date: February 2017
Buyer/Investor: Sycamore Partners
Target: The Limited
Business: Women’s apparel retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Private equity firm buys the brand and IP related assets in competitive auction as part of the bankruptcy process of The Limited.

Date: February 2017
Buyer/Investor: The Carlyle Group
Target: Golden Goose
Business: Luxury sneakers
Value: €400m
Details: Private equity firm acquires Italian business from sellers including Ergon Capital and Italian family conglomerate Zingago Holding.

Date: February 2017
Buyer/Investor: Excalibur Group
Business: Flash sale retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Private equity owned Excalibur adds to current websites Wowcher and LivingSocialUK.

Date: February 2017
Buyer/Investor: Crescent Capital Partners
Target: Tigerlily
Business: Swimwear brand
Value: AUD 60m
Details: Ongoing non-core brand disposal by Billabong.

Date: February 2017
Buyer/Investor: Carter’s Inc
Target: Skip Hop Holdings
Business: Baby and young children brand
Value: $140m
Details: Private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners sells to owner of Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh brands.

Date: February 2017
Buyer/Investor: The Foschini Group
Target: Damsel in a Dress
Business: Premium womenswear brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Addition to portfolio of UK brands including Whistles, Studio 8 and Phase Eight.

Date: February 2017
Buyer/Investor: Boohoo
Target: Nasty Gal
Business: Young womens fashion brand
Value: $20m
Details: AIM – listed Boohoo wins US bankruptcy auction to acquire brand.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Luxottica
Target: Oticas Carol
Business: Eyewear retail chain
Value: €110m
Details: Acquisition of Brazilian franchise operated chain with 950 stores.

Date: January 2017
Target: ShoeBuy
Business: Online footwear retailer
Value: $70m
Details: Walmart owned Jet buys form NASDAQ listed InterActive Corp.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Callaway Golf
Target: Ogio International
Business: Golf apparel
Value: $75.5m

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Nord Holdings
Target: Olsen
Business: Womenswear brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: German private equity firm acquires one of Germany’s best known mid-range brands.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Gildan Activewear Inc
Target: American Apparel
Business: Fashion brand
Value: $88m
Details: Gildan wins bankruptcy auction for brand and certain assets of American Apparel.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: McCubbin Hoisery
Target: Robeez
Business: Baby and toddler footwear brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Acquisition form Stride Rite, a subsidiary of Wolverine World Wide inc.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Nine West Holdings Inc
Target: Kasper Group
Business: Womens sportswear
Value: Undisclosed

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Critical Point Capital
Target: Jack Rabbit
Business: Running gear stores
Value: Undisclosed

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Steve Madden
Target: Schwarz & Benjamin
Business: Footwear design
Value: Undisclosed

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Beringea (lead investor)
Target: My 1st Years
Business: Personalised babywear
Value: £5m
Details: Other investors in the UK retailer include Hargreave Hale.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Forerunner Ventures (lead investor)
Target: Stadium Goods
Business: Luxury sneakers
Value: $4.6m
Details: Other investors in the website and 2 New York stores business include The Cherwin Group.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Tonker Suleyman
Target: Finery
Business: British womenswear label
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Dragon’s Den star’s other investments include Hawes & Curtis and Guest.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Vitruvian Partners (lead investor)
Target: Vestiaire Collective
Business: pre-owned luxury fashion marketplace
Value: €58m
Details: Other investors include Eurazeo and Idinvest Partners bringing total funds raised to €116m.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: NEJ Inc
Target: Bills Khakis
Business: Premium men’s sportswear
Value: Undisclosed
Details: NEJ buys out Source Capital which partnered on the acquisition with NEJ in 2015.

Date: January 2017
Buyer/Investor: Palamon Capital Partners
Target: Happy Socks
Business: Socks
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Acquisition of a majority stake from Scope Growth III values Swedish brand at £67m.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Fidelity Management & Research (lead investor)
Target: Rent the Runway
Business: Designer fashion hire
Value: $60m
Details: Other investors include existing investors Technology Crossover Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Advance Publications. Total invested in the company has reached $190m.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Sumitomo Rubber Industries
Target: Dunlop
Business: Sportswear brand
Value: $137m
Details: Japanese Buyer: (originally called Dunlop Rubber Company) already owns rights to the Dunlop brand.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Crowdfunded
Target: Bluebella
Business: UK lingerie brand
Value: £1m
Details: More than 7,000 investors help UK business to beat funding target.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Boohoo
Target: Pretty Little Thing
Business: Young fashion brand
Value: £3.3m
Details: Acquisition of 60% stake.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Gangtai Group
Target: Buccellati
Business: Jewellery
Value: c$200m
Details: Chinese conglomerate acquires 85% stake in Italian business from Clessidra Capital Partners and family ownership.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Warburg Pincus
Target: Gabriel Brothers
Business: Fashion and home retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Secondary buyout from Alvarez and Marsal Capital of US chain trading under Gabe’s and Rugged Warehouse brands.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Brentwood Associates
Target: SAXX Underwear
Business: Mens underwear
Value: c$50m
Details: Acquisition of a minority stake in Canadian based business.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Kalaari Capital (lead investor)
Target: StalkBuyLove
Business: Online retailer
Value: INR 410m
Details: Series A funding for women’s clothing and accessories etailer. Other investors include Asian E-Commerce Alliance, Asian Venture Group, Kabs Ventures and Singularity Ventures.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: 21st Century Fox (lead investor)
Target: Osterhout Design Group
Business: Wearable technology (glasses)
Value: $58m
Details: Series A funding which values the company at $258m. Other investors include Shenzhen O-film Tech; Vanfund Urban Investment & Development.

Date: December 2016
Buyer/Investor: Calares Inc
Target: Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp
Business: Footwear brand
Value: $255m
Details: Exit for private equity firm Brentwood Associates.

Date: November 2016
Buyer/Investor: Cherokee Inc
Target: Hi-Tec Sports
Business: Footwear brand
Value: $96m

Date: November 2016
Buyer/Investor: MHS Capital (lead investor)
Target: Garmentory
Business: curated online market place
Value: $2m
Details: Investment round with participation form existing investor Founder’s Co-op.

Date: November 2016
Buyer/Investor: Longwater Opportunities
Target: Fox River Mills
Business: Knitted socks & handwear
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Company’s family owners sell out.

Date: November 2016
Buyer/Investor: Marquee Brands
Target: Body Glove
Business: Outdoor sports brand
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Acquisition of a majority interest from Neuberger Berman.

Date: November 2016
Buyer/Investor: JD Sports Fashion
Target: Go Outdoors
Business: Outdoor clothing retailer
Value: £112m
Details: Private equity investor YFM Equity makes 40x money on the sale.

Date: October 2016
Buyer/Investor: Rockpool
Target: Knomo
Business: British bag brand
Value: £3m
Details: Expansion capital for UK business.

Date: October 2016
Buyer/Investor: Permira
Target: Schustermann & Borenstein
Business: Fashion retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Acquisition of a majority stake.

Date: October 2016
Buyer/Investor: Baring Private Equity Asia
Target: Cath Kidston
Business: Lifestyle brand retailer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Existing Chinese backers acquire stake of TA Associates to become controlling majority shareholder.

Date: October 2016
Buyer/Investor: Ermenegildo Zegna Group
Target: Bonotto SpA
Business: Luxury textile manufacturer
Value: Undisclosed
Details: Italian luxury fashion house acquires a 60% stake in business with sales of more than €30million. Bonotto family retains 40%.

Date: October 2016
Buyer/Investor: LVMH
Target: Rimowa
Business: premium luggage manufacturer
Value: €640million
Details: Luxury conglomerate acquires 80% stake in German manufacturer with Dieter Morszeck retaining 20&% and remaining co-CEO.

Date: October 2016
Buyer/Investor: Led by The Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund with existing investors, Golden Gate Ventures and MindWorks Ventures.
Target: Grana
Business: Ecommerce brand
Value: $10million
Details: Series A funding for Hong Kong based fashion start up.

Date: September 2016
Buyer/Investor: Black Toro Capital
Target: Marypaz
Business: Women’s shoe retailer
Value: €30million
Details: Mid-market investor acquires 60% stake in Spanish-based retailer.


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