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THE IMG
The IMG is an exclusive group of like-minded family-owned and managed retailers who sell the world's best and most stylish men's and women's apparel and accessories. The IMG shares ideas, information and friendship throughout the year. Only one member considered the best, most reputable and most compatible from each country is invited to join by consensus of the group. Membership presently is restricted to no more than fifteen, from fifteen countries.
SØR
Heinrich Rusche was born in 1885, the great-grandfather of Thomas, presently CEO so SØR Rusche and president of the IMG. In 1911, Great-grandfather Heinrich, then 26, opened a textile shop in Oelde, Westphalia, thus planting the seed of the great Rusche dynasty in textiles and clothing ad the now famous SØR culture by which the company’s every decision is inspired and justified.

Heinrich’s children opened or married into textile companies all over Westphalia. The eldest son, Anton II established the first Rusche menswear shop in the old market square in Oelde. His son Egon followed in his footsteps and it was he who, in 1956, created the SØR concept with wife, Doris.

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LOUIS COPELAND & SONS
A name synonymous with men's tailored clothing and high-end fashion in Dublin. World renowned as a master tailor and provider of men's designer suits, the company has evolved significantly over the last 100 years, and today is very proud of it's reputation in providing quality, stylish menswear.

Today, they have 5 stores in Dublin, and 1 in Galway, with the business still being very much a family affair, with brothers Louis & Adrian Copeland the directors of the company.





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www.louiscopeland.com
OGER
Oger has become a synonym for success. Customers get a ’winning feeling’ as they get tailor made advice purchasing their wardrobes that underline their personalities. It allows them to focus on their own business. Oger takes away the customer’s worries about clothing. The mission ’to be the best in personal service and advice in the purchasing processes’ is the basis for that. Oger aims to 'Latinize' the Dutch customers, making them more aware of their personal presentation and creating the right match with their personality. Customers experience that selecting clothes gets more fun when they see the impact of the right clothes for the right moment. .


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www.oger.nl
SANTA EULALIA
Santa Eulalia is one of the most outstanding fashion stores in Barcelona, not only for its historical importance (it was founded 166 years ago), but also because it is a symbol of luxury in clothing and exquisite customer care, and one of the few businesses in the city that is still dedicated to bespoke tailoring and shirt-making.

Santa Eulalia was founded in 1843 in Pla de la Boqueria and since then has been engaged in high quality fashion for both men and women. It moved to Paseo de Gracia in 1944. In 2007 Santa Eulalia was designated a member of the International Honorary Council of Altagamma,.......

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www.santaeulalia.com
Brunschwig & CIE
The Bon Génie/Grieder department store group (owner: Brunschwig & Cie SA) not only serves demanding customers across the nation but also has a leading position in the fashion sector, with over 700 employees at 30 sales outlets making the dreams of fashion-lovers come true. Backed up by a powerful new network, the company is gaining more time for what’s essential, namely for customer contact.







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www.bongenie-grieder.ch
FLANNELS
The Flannels Group was established in 1976 by the current Managing Director Neil Prosser. Flannels specialise in fashion designer men and womenswear, and stock a wide range of global designer brands including Prada, Gucci, Paul Smith, Fendi, Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabanna.

In 2006 Flannels celebrated its 30 years in business as one of the UK's most exclusive luxury brand retailers. Originally started in Manchester their business grew rapidly with further stores opening in Leeds, Birmingham and Nottingham. The more recent additions of stores in Liverpool and Cardiff has created one of the largest ........


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TROELSTRUP
1908 - Niels Christian Pedersen Troelstrup opened the first Troelstrup store in the basement of 17 Møntergade in Copenhagen. A few years later, Christian Troelstrup bought the whole property which he redesigned as a department store selling men’s and boyswear.
1936 - purchased the corner property at 5 Vester Voldgade which is the current location of the store. As his final goodbye to the property in Møntergade, Christian Troelstrup organised an event one spring day in April. He covered the façade of the property in coats – all five storeys from pavement to roof...




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www.troelstrup.com
BEYMEN
Beymen is the upscale fashion retailer of the Boyner Group which is one of Turkey's foremost industrial groups comprising 12 companies. Operating under the philosophy of 'Unconditional Customer Satisfaction', Beymen opened its first store in 1971 and thus paved the way for the ready-to-wear revolution in Turkey.
Today Beymen operates 37 stores throughout Turkey, 4 out of these stores are company-owned, and the remaining ones are franchisees. Total sales area has risen from 7,000 square feet in 1971 to 320,000 square feet in 1997. What started as a men's wear store has grown...



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MITCHELLS/RICHARDS/MARSHS
Norm & Ed Mitchell established Ed Mitchell Inc. Westport, in August 1958, the same year the IMG was founded. In a folksy, friendly way they became the local menswear store selling good, honest apparel, mostly American, to the good honest folk of Westport, then a small relatively wealthy but emerging town some miles out of New York.
In nearby Greenwich, Ed Schacter had already served the local community since 1947 in his Richards store, selling a wide range of similar men's apparel to customers who paralleled the Mitchells demographics.
In 2009 they purchased Wilkes Bashford adding 2 stores in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. Both stores are currently under a complete renovation and will have their grand re-opening November 2012.READ MORE..
www.mitchellsonline.com
HENRY BUCKS
Founded as a simple shirtmaker in 1890, Henry Bucks has grown and developed, over almost 120 years, into a Melbourne institution for men's style and fashion. One of the world's great retailers the company has stores in 3 Australian states and a total of 9 retail outlets including an online business.

Henry Bucks has shown a resilience and tenacity over the years attributing its enviable reputation and success to it's uncompromising good service and excellent product. It is owned and managed by the direct descendants of Henry Buck. Tim Cecil is Henry Buck's great great grandson and the current Managing Director

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www.henrybucks.com.au
HARRY ROSEN
In 1954, 22-year-old Harry Rosen and his brother Lou scraped together $500 and bought a shop on Parliament Street, in the Cabbagetown area of Toronto. Harry Rosen was taking on the world with his softer, natural-shoulder line of clothing and accessories.

Today, Harry Rosen stores extend over 250,000 square feet of prime retail space in 15 stores in eight markets across Canada.

Renowned for housing one of the world's most exclusive collections of fine menswear Harry Rosen has now been joined by his son Larry who is company President.

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www.harryrosen.com
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Mitchells, Marios of Portland Form Joint Venture

Two of the most respected names in luxury specialty store retailing in the U.S. are joining forces.

The Mitchell Family of Stores has created a venture with Marios of the Pacific Northwest — a partnership that will bring the Mitchells’ systems and e-commerce expertise to Mario Bisio’s stores in Portland, Ore., and Seattle while giving Mitchells a further foothold on the West Coast.

“This is different than any other deal we’ve done,” said Bob Mitchell, co-chief executive officer of Mitchells. “Mario and his executive team will continue to run the company.”

He declined to be more specific about the financial details of the deal, but said this is “not a short-term situation” and the Mitchells are prepared to “invest heavily to continue to grow” the combined company.

“This is not an exit strategy for me,” Bisio stressed. “In fact, it’s a long-term commitment to me, and combined, we’ll have more capital and power in the market. It allows our long-range plans to come to fruition on a faster timeline and protects our brand.”

The Westport, Conn.-based Mitchell family, whose specialty store business has estimated sales of around $140 million, has slowly been expanding its reach. The business was founded by Ed and Norma Mitchell in 1958 and it is now run by their sons and grandchildren. The retailer’s first acquisition came in 1995 when it bought Richards in nearby Greenwich, Conn. Ten years later, it bought Marshs in Huntington, N.Y. In 2009, the Mitchells made their first foray onto the West Coast when they inked an 11th-hour deal to acquire the assets of San Francisco-based Wilkes Bashford out of bankruptcy for $4.6 million in cash.

Since these acquisitions, Mitchells has continued to increase its volume and buying power within the upscale market. The company has also added women’s wear to those stores.

Marios’ story is very similar.

The business was founded in 1960 by Mario Bisio Sr., who opened a family clothing store in Portland. Mario Jr. started working at the store during high school and became a full business partner in 1973. He expanded to Seattle in 1982 and added women’s wear in 1994. In 2006, Marios 3.10 opened in Portland, catering to a more casual lifestyle. Industry sources estimate the volume at around $30 million.

The Mitchells and Bisios have been friends for decades. The two are part of the Forum Group, a group of non-competing specialty stores who exchange details about their businesses.

“This is about making Marios better,” Bisio said. “By working with long-term friends that I trust completely, I can share my dreams and concepts to push my retail concept to new levels.”

“It’s an opportunity to leverage each other’s strengths,” Mitchell added. “We’re growing, but we want to continue to grow as fast and prudently as possible.”

Allan Ellinger, senior managing partner of MMG Advisors, who worked with Bisio on creating the venture, said the deal “marries the two best fashion retailers in America. Culturally, they’re very similar and the way they think is in perfect alignment.”

He said the partnership gives Bisio “a real strategic opportunity to take advantage of the systems and financial strength of the Mitchells. And for the Mitchells, it’s a long-term opportunity to partner with one of the great retailers in the Pacific Northwest with a great following.”

Mitchell said his company will offer expertise in “e-commerce, systems and clientele” to Marios stores. And while Bisio would have eventually invested in these things himself, as a sole operator, it would have taken much longer.

The name on the stores will remain the same and the executive team will also remain intact. That includes Lynwood Holmberg, fashion director; Simon Chan, senior men’s buyer, and Patsy Carlson, chief operating officer, the retailers said.

Chris Mitchell, Bob’s cousin, who oversees Marshs, will spend one week a month at Marios as integration officer, “blending both worlds,” Bob Mitchell said.

Bisio said he has “long envied” the Mitchells systems and is eager to have it implemented at his stores as well. “And it gives us an immediate e-commerce solution. With e-commerce, scale is a very important piece.”

He said that by integrating into the Mitchells systems, the Marios customers will now have access to five times the inventory that is available. While there are differences, both businesses carry similar brands, including Brunello Cucinelli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss and Canali. Women’s wear represents 52 percent of the mix at Marios and 55 percent at Mitchells Family of Stores.

“The pillars of the business are very similar,” Bisio said. “And the crossover and synergies are overwhelming.”

Specifically, Mitchell said he sees further opportunity to expand Marios’ women’s jewelry business and its made-to-measure men’s business. “We will invest in those to increase the growth rate,” he said.

The partnership also gives Bisio the peace of mind that his business will be in good hands when and if he chooses to retire down the road. He has a daughter in the business who works for Brunello Cucinelli who he hopes will eventually join the business, but she’s not ready to join the fold now.

Does this deal mean the Mitchells are open to taking on bringing other luxury specialty stores into their fold? “We’ve never been ones to rush and we’re going to renovate our two Connecticut stores next year,” Mitchell said, so that project and the integration of Marios are currently enough.

Mitchell Stores Announces Strategic Partnership with Mario’s of Seattle and Portland

Westport, CT
The Mitchell family, owners of Mitchell Stores, based in Westport, CT has announced a strategic partnership with Mario’s luxury retail stores in Seattle, WA and Portland OR.

 

“Mario’s is a jewel in the Pacific Northwest and we are very excited to work with Mario and his team to continue to offer world class stores that are perfectly tailored to Seattle and Portland” said Russ Mitchell Co-CEO.

 

“This joint venture will open up an expanded universe of world-class product, inventory, technology and services to our customers,” Mario stated.  “I am thrilled to partner with my longtime friends the Mitchells to launch an exciting new era for our stores and customers.”

 

The Mitchells have expanded through a commitment to developing the finest locally focused luxury clothing stores.  Mitchell Stores includes a portfolio of five other luxury retail stores on both the East (Mitchells and Richards) and West coasts (Wilkes Bashford). The partnership will give Mario’s access to five times their current product selection through Mitchells fully integrated in-store and online inventory. As systems are merged later in the year, Mario’s customers will enjoy a new expanded e-commerce world, including not only e-shopping, but also an enhanced electronic relationship with their current Style Experts including an integrated virtual closet and reserve in store capabilities.

 

“The only thing we love more than fashion is the customers we are privileged to serve. Nothing will change regarding the extraordinary service for which we are known,” said Mario.  “Our highly-regarded Style Experts will still be the heart and soul of our stores and our buying and management team will continue to keep Mario’s a locally targeted store. The only changes our customers will see are the ways in which we are able to serve them even better.”

 

“We look forward to working closely with Mario and getting to know his customers, designers, staff and friends in the Seattle and Oregon areas. Everything about how Mario runs his business, from the exquisite product selection to the impeccable service is completely in synch with our culture.” said Bob Mitchell Co-CEO. “We have no doubt this partnership will be seamless and synergistic, benefitting all parties, especially Mario’s customers.”

 

The fashion communities who have known both of us for decades are also thrilled with the new partnership.

 

“I have learnt with great pleasure the news about the new partnership between your esteemed families: Mitchell and Bisio. We have always shared the same view on life and business; you are successful entrepreneurs and really respectable people. I would like to congratulate you from the deep of my heart” – Brunello Cucinelli, CEO Brunello Cucinelli

“With Mario’s fashion sense and the Mitchells’ customer-focused retail expertise, I expect the combined strengths of these two iconic and family-owned specialty stores will create a potent force in luxury retailing.  The Mitchell family and Mario Bisio are both longtime Zegna customers and trusted partners.  I wish Bob and Mario the best of success – Ermenegildo Zegna, CEO Zegna Group

Mario’s and Mitchells have been working together since 2000 as members of the Forum Group, a collection of independent stores located in the US.   “For fifteen years we have traded ideas and dreams, now we get to jointly execute them.”  Mario stated.

 

Allan Ellinger, Senior Managing Partner of MMG Advisors represented Mario.

 

ABOUT MARIO’S

Mario Bisio Sr. opened the first Mario’s store in Portland’s Lloyd Center in 1960. In 1973, Mario Jr. became a full business partner with his father. A year after Mario Sr.’s passing in 1975, Mario transformed the store. He made his first buying trip to Europe becoming the first retailer to bring Canali to the US. Mario’s was also the first to offer Ermenegildo Zegna and pioneered Diesel Jeans to the Pacific Northwest.

 

Over the decades, Mario grew his legendary Seattle and Portland stores to include women’s apparel, jewelry and the only Brunello Cucinelli shops in the region. In 2006, Mario’s 3.10 opened in Tigard, catering to customers who favor a stylish, casual lifestyle. MR Magazine awarded Mario Bisio the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2014, MR Magazine recognized Mario’s as One of The 10 Most Influential Stores in North America. Visit www.marios.com

 

ABOUT MITCHELL FAMILY OF STORES

Mitchells Family of Stores was founded in 1958 by Ed and Norma Mitchell in Westport, CT with their original store, “Ed Mitchells.”   A second generation, Bill Mitchell and Jack Mitchell, author of the retail classic “Hug Your Customer,” expanded the business and store, adding women’s and in 1995, a second store, Richards of Greenwich.

 

Today, Mitchells Family of Stores is run by third generation of Mitchells and includes three east coast stores: two Mitchells stores in Westport, CT and Huntington, NY and Richards in Greenwich, CT. In December of 2009, they acquired the Wilkes Bashford stores in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Wilkes Bashford, founded in 1966 by the retail icon of the same name, is one of the Bay Area’s most renowned luxury retailers.

 

In Fall 2014, Mitchells Family of Stores launched a long-awaited e-commerce site. Committed to delivering a unique retail experience, the site is a true extension of their stores, offering proprietary customer service features.  Visit www.mitchells.com

 

For Press Inquiries Please Contact:

Andrew Mitchell-Namdar

Mitchells Stores

VP Public Relations, Marketing and Creative Services

andrewm@mitchells.com

203-521-6235 (cell)

 

Mario Bisio

CEO Mario’s

mario@marios.com

(503) 780-4334 (cell)

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