Its partnership with MRH SpaRotica Groupe encompasses both offline and online distribution, manufacturing and also the launch of a series of mono-branded Ben Sherman retail locations. Five shops will launch this year with at least 30 more planned. The first will be in Shanghai, opening by August, followed by Jiangsu, Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan.
“Ben Sherman’s 50-plus years of British style and culture demonstrate the brand’s ability to stand the test of time,” says MRH president and CEO Richard Kisembo. “Our partnership with Marquee Brands is inspired by Ben Sherman’s iconoclast status among heritage brands. Heritage and culture continue to be a motivating factor in brands that have the ability to move generations at retail, a key factor to success in China.”
Marquee Brands president Michael DeVirgilio says the demand for Ben Sherman is high in China where young consumers have become more global and sophisticated.