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Inflexion Private Equity, the mid-market private equity investor, today announces that it has taken a minority stake in Jack Wills, the British preppy premium clothing retailer.
The first Jack Wills store was opened in 1999 in Salcombe, and today Jack Wills is a well established multi-channel retailer. Inflexion will work with the existing management team to provide capital and support for the next growth stage in particular with regard to the expansion of the brand in Japan and the US.
Simon Turner, Managing Partner of Inflexion Private Equity commented: “Jack Wills operates in an interesting niche market and has developed strongly through an excellent understanding of its consumer demographics. We are very excited to be joining the experienced management team as a financial partner during this key stage of the company’s development, and to be working with such enthusiastic entrepreneurs to further enhance growth.”
Jack Wills’ management said “Since we opened our first store in Salcombe in 1999, Jack Wills has experienced excellent growth, and has won a loyal customer following. Inflexion’s financial resources and investment experience make them the ideal partner for the future and the next stage in our development. We are excited about the opportunities for the brand internationally and feel its “Britishness” will appeal to a broader geographic market.”
Simon Turner and Amanda Luckett led the transaction on behalf of Inflexion and Simon Turner will be joining the board.