ACTOR APPEALS TO BURBERRY: Ioan Gruffudd, the Welsh actor and face of the Burberry London fragrance for men, has appealed to the British brand to rethink the planned closure of its Welsh factory. As reported in September, Burberry announced plans to shutter its factory in Treorchy, south Wales because it is no longer commercially viable. A Burberry spokeswoman on Sunday confirmed that Gruffudd had e-mailed Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts asking her to do whatever she could to keep the factory open. The Sunday Times of London reported that Prince Charles also made an appeal to government ministers to ask if there was anything he could do to help. However, a spokesman for the Prince told WWD he was not aware of any appeal on the part of Prince Charles. The factory, which has been in operation since 1939, makes polo shirts and currently employs 311. Burberry is holding weekly meetings with unions to discuss the future of the factory, and the fate of employees should the plant close for good.
November 27, 2006