New Look (company)
New Look is a British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops. It was founded in 1969 and has been owned since May 2015 by investment company Brait SA, controlled by Christo Wiese. The chain sells womenswear, menswear, and clothing for teens.
|Private Limited Company|
Number of locations
|895 approx. (2018)|
|Paul Gilbert - Non-Executive Director, |
- Executive Chairman,
Chief Product Officer
|Revenue||GBP £1,528 million (2014)|
|GBP £805.9 million (2014)|
New Look was founded by Tom Singh in Taunton, Somerset, in 1969. Since then the company has expanded and now operates across a chain of over 900 stores internationally, including Belgium (they opened their first Belgium store in 2006), France, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Romania, Malta, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, China, Germany, Russia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Poland, and a staff of over 18,000. The group had a turnover of £1,147 million in 2008 with profits of £180 million.
New Look was owned by private equity groups Apax Partners and Permira, and founder Tom Singh, until May 2015 when it was acquired by Brait SA for £780 million. Brait also owns the health club chain Virgin Active and has a minority stake in Iceland Foods.
In 2004, after six years afloat, the company withdrew from the stock market and was taken back to being a privately owned business by founder Tom Singh and chief executive Phil Wrigley, and private equity investors Permira, Apax Partners and Quillian Investments.
On 26 April 2007, a fire occurred at a New Look branch in Oxford Street, London. The subsequent investigation revealed an extensive catalogue of failings relating to fire safety precautions and measures. The company subsequently pleaded guilty to criminal charges and on 25 November 2009, was fined a total of £400,000 with £136,052 costs.
In 2008, New Look continued their expansion in the UK and opened their largest store at the time in Chicago One Shopping Centre. In February 2009, the company's fortieth anniversary year, New Look opened their first store in Russia.
In 2010, the fines were upheld by the Court of Appeal.
The largest New Look store in the world opened in Dublin, Ireland on 4 November 2010, located at the Jervis Shopping Centre. It is the twenty-ninth New Look store in Ireland. Many of the outlets in Singapore have been closed, except CityLink Mall, City Square Mall and the latest opened store, Republic Polytechnic. In November 2018, New Look closed ninety stores in the United Kingdom and twelve stores in Indonesia due to poor sales.
profit or loss
|2011–2012||1 447||62.7||(38.0)||1099 (with Mim)|
- Top Track 100 — list of 100 largest private companies in the United Kingdom, New look is at no 32.
- "New Look Retail Group Limited Annual Report 2018" (PDF).
- "New Look Group Leadership Team".
- "New Look Retail Group Limited Annual Report 2014" (PDF).
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- Sunday Times Top Track 100, 29 June 2008.
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