British tailor Austin Reed collapses with loss of 1,000 jobs

31st May 2016, Comments 0 comments

Britain's historic menswear chain Austin Reed, whose suits were worn by Winston Churchill and The Beatles, said on Tuesday it will close 120 stores by the end of June as it winds down its operations.

The company fell into administration last month and no viable offers were made for its purchase.

Austin Reed's administrators AlixPartners said: "We have made the difficult decision to cease trading the business and commence a wind-down of the estate."

This comes a month after British department store chain BHS went bust, resulting in 11,000 lay-offs.

The firm, which also sells office suits for women, was founded by Austin Leonard Reed in 1900.

Austin Reed, whose famous clients also include International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, currently trades out of around 100 stores across Britain and employs a total of 1,184 staff.

During World War II, Austin Reed was commissioned to make the special protective so-called siren suits for prime minister Winston Churchill that he wore inside air-raid shelters.


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