Wallis (retailer)

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Industry Women's Clothing
Founded 1923 by Raphael Nat Wallis
Headquarters London, England
Key people Sir Philip Green, Chairman
Products Clothing
Parent Arcadia Group
Website www.wallis-fashion.com

Wallis is a British women's clothing retailer. The brand operates from 134 stores and 126 concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Wallis is a subsidiary of the Arcadia Group and one of the many companies under ownership of Philip Green.


The first store was opened by the founder, Raphael Nat Wallis, in Islington in 1923.[1] After steady growth the UK, the brand opened its first store in Germany and later opened outlets in Saudi Arabia and South Africa under respective franchise and licensing agreements.[1] In 1980 Wallis became a part of the Sears Group and in 1999, following the acquisition of Sears by Sir Philip Green, the brand was transferred to the Arcadia Group.[1]


Wallis specialises in creating up to the minute fashion and includes dedicated ranges such as its Petite range and a premium range known as Limited Edition which was introduced in 2006. Wallis also works closely with Cancer Research UK and launched a charity charm bracelet in 2005 and charm necklace in 2007 designed by international designers and celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Kate Moss to raise funds for the charity.

In September 2009, the supermodel Yasmin Le Bon partnered with Wallis to design her first women's clothing and jewellery collection called YLB.


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