Fashion house Hardy Amies in administration

Menzies has been appointed as administrators to high-end fashion house Hardy Amies, known for providing outfits for the Queen for many years, which has collapsed for the second time in just over a decade

The luxury tailors, which has a menswear shop on Savile Row in London and an online store, was previously bought out of administration in 2008.

Freddy Khalastchi and Jonathan Bass from Menzies are handling the administration of the company. Khalastchi, business recovery partner at the firm, said: ‘Despite trading at a loss in the UK for some time, the Hardy Amies’ brand has a unique heritage, which is much-revered in the world of haute couture, and it very much deserves to live on.

‘We are looking forward to talking with potential buyers in the coming days and weeks to find a way to make this happen.’

A former wartime intelligence officer, Amies founded the fashion house in 1946, and was the official dressmaker to the Queen from her accession in 1952 until he retired from the role in 1989. He died in 2003.

He designed some of her most iconic outfits, including the dress and hat worn for the silver jubilee, and the administrators are also welcoming bids for the company’s fashion archive, which includes personal diaries, photographs and sketches of original designs.

Report by Pat Sweet

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