Amanda Wakeley

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Amanda Wakeley OBE (born 15 September 1962)[1] is a British fashion designer best known for her evening and cocktail dresses and accessories, and for her “clean glam” signature style,[2] has also developed a presence in daywear, including day-dresses, tailoring and knitwear and a line of accessories and jewellery. Sposa is the brand's bridal collection.[3] Wakeley is an advocate for international organisation Women for Women.

Early life[edit]

Wakeley is the daughter of Sir John Wakeley, 2nd Baronet (1926–2012), a prominent surgeon and former chief inspector for the City of London Special Constabulary, and his wife June, a physiotherapist.[4]

Wakeley grew up in Cheshire,[4] and was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College.[5]

Career[edit]

Following a spell as a fashion model in New York in the 1980s, Wakeley launched her signature line in 1990, opening a small studio and boutique in Chelsea, London,[5] with a £20,000 loan from her father.[4]

Patronage from Princess Diana solidified her success. In 2000, her ex-husband Neil Gillon sold the company to Richard Caring, who sold it to Saudi billionaire Walid Juffali in 2005, who sold it to former City trader Jason Granite in 2008.[citation needed]

Since 2009, she has built her brand and business with substantial financial investment from AGC Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in London, to fuel its expansion.[5]

Stores[edit]

Wakeley's flagship store is located in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London. Besides the UK, where Wakeley has concessions at Harvey Nichols throughout the country and at other leading retailers, the brand's international presence continues to grow and is now available in more than 50 fashion and luxury retailers throughout Europe, America and the Middle East.[citation needed]

In September 2016, Wakeley launched an accessories brand on UK shopping channel QVC. The range, Monogram Collection, is mostly leather bags, with some smaller items such as purses and card holders.[6]

Personal[edit]

Her first marriage was to "a much older investment banker whom she met during her party girl period in New York".[4] Aged 26, she married Neil Gillon, an Australian-born property developer, but they split in 1998, and since 2005 she has been in a relationship with financial PR adviser Hugh Morrison, who bought back her label for £1 million.[4][7]

Wakeley was appointed an OBE in 2010 for her services to the fashion industry, and is also the winner of numerous awards, including three British Fashion Awards. Since 1996, she has co-chaired the committee for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer appeal leading the efforts to raise substantial funds to support the charity.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 15 Sep 2014. p. 35.
  2. ^ a b "Amanda Wakeley". e-commerce by Diligent. 2014. Retrieved 15 Sep 2014.
  3. ^ "Sposa collection". e-commerce by Diligent. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 15 Sep 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Comeback queen: Amanda Wakeley | London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  5. ^ a b c "Amanda Wakeley Spring/Summer 16". Cerno Capital. 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  6. ^ Carmichael, Nicole (11 September 2016). "Designer Amanda Wakeley: I was always curious about how to craft something". express.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. ^ Butler, Sarah (2012-12-22). "Sunday Interview: Amanda Wakeley: 'There is still money in the luxury sector'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-12-12.

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