SOURCE: English Laundry

English Laundry

February 14, 2011 08:30 ET

Christopher Wicks and English Laundry to Partner With Bluestar Alliance

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) - Christopher Wicks, the CEO and creative director of English Laundry, has agreed to form a new partnership with Bluestar Alliance, a private equity and brand management firm, to grow and expand the English Laundry brand. Bluestar Alliance plans to acquire a majority interest in the English Laundry brand, while Wicks will maintain a significant minority interest and remain the creative director.

English Laundry was founded by Wicks in 2000 to offer an elaborate line of embellished, embroidered, hand-laundered and hand-sewn shirts inspired by the music of the 1960's and 70's U.K. lifestyle. Today, the brand has evolved into a complete music-driven global lifestyle brand that includes suits, dress shirts, jackets, headwear, bottoms, accessories and more.

"Christopher Wicks is a proven design talent who has built an iconic brand in English Laundry," said Joseph Gabbay, chief executive officer of Bluestar Alliance. "We are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Christopher to take English Laundry to the next level of distribution, product mix and geographic reach."

Commented Wicks: "Bluestar Alliance represents the perfect partner in my ongoing quest to build the English Laundry brand. English Laundry will be able to leverage Bluestar's unparalleled expertise in brand management and retail relationships, while allowing me and my design team to focus on creating the unique collections for which we have become famous."

Wicks' passion for design was recently recognized by the Fashion Industry Guild of Cedars Sinai Medical Center as their 2010 "Man of the Year," an award that has previously been given to design luminaries such as Maurice Marciano of Guess and Dov Charney of American Apparel. Wicks is also on the Board of Trustees of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Roth Capital Partners advised English Laundry on the transaction.

Contact Information

  • English Laundry Contact:
    Christopher Wicks
    CEO and Creative Director
    Tel (213) 744-9200
    www.englishlaundry.com

    Bluestar Alliance Contact:
    Joseph Gabbay
    Email Contact
    Ralph Gindi
    Email Contact
    Tel (212) 290-1370

    Roth Capital Partners Contact:
    Paul Zaffaroni or Dan Friedman
    Tel (949) 720-5700
    Email: Email Contact