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River Island owners acquire Mint Velvet in 100 million pound deal

By Huw Hughes


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River Island’s parent company Lewis Trust Group (LTG) has acquired British womenswear retailer Mint Velvet in a deal reportedly valuing the company at more than 100 million pounds.

The deal will see Mint Velvet co-founders Peter Davies, Liz Houghton and Lisa Agar-Rea share a multimillion-pound payout, according to the Guardian. LTG, which is run by the Lewis family who founded River Island and also owns San Francisco-based fast fashion label Dolls Kill, unveiled its plans to take control of Mint Velvet last week, after buying a stake in the brand in 2015.

A spokesperson for the Lewis family said: “This investment reflects high confidence in the business, brand and people. The business continues to be run independently by founders Liz Houghton and Lisa Agar-Rea, who remain invested.”

In the year to April 2018, Mint Velvet’s parent company, Sabre Retail Fashion, reported a rise in sales of 15.5 percent to 101 million pounds, while pretax profits rose by just over 8 percent to 13.5 million. However, the business took a hit when House of Fraser fell into administration last year, owing Mint Velvet more than 2.5 million pounds.

Photo credit: Mint Velvet, Facebook

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