Douglas and Grahame Ltd, one of the UK’s leading brand houses supplying contemporary men’s and boyswear, has welcomed two new additions to its Board of Directors.
Managing Director, Donald Finlay commented, “As the sector recovers from the financial crisis, we felt it was right to take the necessary steps to bolster our internal resources and the company’s expertise to help us drive sustained growth for the future. Our new directors will complement our other recent Senior Management Team appointments in sales and marketing to add even greater focus and wider industry experience to our company.”
The new appointments see Donald’s son, Adam Finlay, join the Board of Directors with responsibility to lead the outerwear product division and the development and communication of the company’s brand portfolio. Adam joined the company in 2011 and has been under the mentorship of his Uncle Richard to develop his knowledge of the companies tailoring offering and, as Brand Manager, has played a key role in the company’s brand strategy.
Andrew Lowden will join the company as Business Development Director from his current role as Managing Director of Cooneen at Work, a specialist workwear company. Mr Lowden, who has a considerable leadership background in fashion manufacturing and branding from previous roles with a number of companies including Coats Viyella and Glenaden Shirts, will oversee the further development of the company’s retail, wholesale and export strategies.
Adam Finlay commented, “I am honoured and humbled to be appointed to the Board. Douglas & Grahame has always been a part of my life and the past five years since officially joining has been a steep learning curve but one I have enjoyed and found hugely rewarding. I look forward to being able to play my part in leading the company to a strong and successful future.”
Adam Finlay joined the Board on 1st of February 2016 and Mr Lowden will join the company in April.
Mr Lowden added, “I am delighted to be joining Douglas & Grahame at an exciting time for the Company. I recognise that Douglas & Grahame is one of Northern Ireland’s leading companies and a major force in the menswear sector in both the UK and Ireland. My previous experience in the fashion sector will hopefully prove valuable to the strategic development of the company as it embraces the new multi-channel reality of the fashion business.”
Douglas & Grahame, headquartered in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, produces clothing under a number of leading menswear brands including DOUGLAS, REMUS UOMO, WELLINGTON and DANIEL GRAHAME as well as school uniforms and boys’ formal and casual clothing under the 1880 CLUB brand. The company sells through a large network of wholesale customers as well as its own e-commerce site and retail outlets operated under its subsidiary company, Italian Apparel.