Browns (fashion boutique)

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Industry Retail
Genre Department Store
Founded 1970
Founder Joan & Sidney Burstein
Headquarters London, England

Browns is an independent fashion boutique based in London, England. It was founded by Joan Burstein and husband Sidney in 1970. The flagship store is on London's South Molton Street.


Joan Burstein founded Browns with her late husband, Sidney, in 1970. Initially a small boutique housed on the ground floor at 27 South Molton Street, Browns grew rapidly expanding through five connecting Georgian townhouses.

Known for discovering talents such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane,[citation needed] Browns has continued to support and promote fashion designers over the last 43 years.

In 2006, Joan Burstein was honoured with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in acknowledgement not only of her achievements at Browns, but for her support of the British fashion industry as a whole.


Browns is still family-owned and run, with Simon Burstein as CEO and Caroline Burstein as creative director. The company includes, Browns at 23-27 South Molton Street with Browns Focus at number 24, Browns at 160 Sloane Street and bridalwear stores Browns Bride, 12 Hinde Street and Vera Wang at Browns, 59 Brook Street.


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