LONDON — Roland Mouret will return to London Fashion Week to mark the 20th anniversary of the brand, which is based here.
Mouret, who has been showing in Paris for the past decade, will show his fall-winter 2017 collection. His company said the February show will highlight the beginning of a year-long anniversary celebration.
“I love that London is my creative home and over half my manufacturing base is in Britain — I wouldn’t be able to do what I do anywhere else other than London. London is my home, it’s where my brand has its heart, and I’m excited to celebrate such an important milestone here,” he said.
Earlier this year, Mouret said he hoped Brexit would not impact small British manufacturers.
“It’s so difficult to predict what is going to happen, and my hope the transformation will be polite, thoughtful, and carried out with understanding. London has an amazing backbone of garment production, with small factories that offer services from A to Z,” said Mouret, adding it’s crucial those small businesses continue to flourish.
Roland Mouret operates a wholesale network with 200 doors worldwide, and retail flagships on London’s Mount Street and New York’s Madison Avenue, as well as a franchise in Dubai Mall, UAE.
As reported earlier this year, Mouret relocated his Manhattan store one block up, from number 952 to 1006 Madison Ave., a larger space that covers 1,937 square feet spread over the ground and mezzanine levels. The designer will eventually open the first floor to more retail and the upstairs private apartments for appointments and fittings and for his personal use.
The U.S. is his brand’s largest and fastest-growing market, so the re-sizing made sense. The brand is sold at stores including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Ave.
As for the anniversary and move to London, Mark Langthorne, Mouret’s chief executive officer, said the company is looking forward to it “as an incredible opportunity to not only celebrate the history of the brand and Roland’s journey, but also as an opportunity to engage further with our customer and the industry.”
Mouret’s brand is a joint venture between the designer and Simon Fuller’s XIX entertainment.