Astley Clarke reveals first UK wholesale accounts

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Fortnums, Charles Fish and Robert Gatward sign up for jewellery range.

Astley Clarke has announced its first set of retail partners, having branched into wholesale of its own-name jewellery collections late this summer.

The London-based company has signed up independent jewellery retailers Robert Gatward in Windsor and Ipswich, Charles Fish in Canary Wharf, MW2 in Wilmslow and Pressley’s in Chichester.

It has also moved into department stores Fortnum & Mason and Peter Jones in London, and has opened a concession space in Selfridges’ Trafford Centre pop-up.

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The moves comes after a year of growth for Astley Clarke during which it appointed a new managing director, underwent a rebrand and, in recent weeks, launched a dedicated luxury jewellery site, offering its own high-end and bridal jewellery.

Astley Clarke managing director Scott Thomson said: "Having been created in a digital world the Astley Clarke physical retail presence is going from strength to strength. Starting from a small concession in Harrods in 2011, we have worked hard to translate our strong online visual identity to a compelling store offer.

"Our creative team work hard to provide clear visual guidelines and concise product training guides for store staff. Alongside Liberty, Harrods, and Selfridges London, we are thrilled to now also be working with Robert Gatward in Windsor and Ipswich, Charles Fish Canary Wharf, Pressley’s Chichester, MW2 Wilmslow, Fortnum & Mason, Peter Jones and Selfridges Trafford. 2014 will see the brand further build on this soft launch, increasing our presence across the UK and internationally."

Baccarat UK sales manager Sian Daley was appointed Astley Clarke head of wholesale earlier in the year, following growing requests to move into wholesale. The company is now offering a number of its own-brand semi-precious and precious collections to retail jewellers.

In September, Astley Clarke founder Bec Astley Clarke told Professional Jeweller in an interview: “Whoever we work with has got to be very much the right fit for the brand. It won’t be a mass roll out but we are looking to partner with a selection of premium jewellers in the UK.”
 

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