In a bid to offer its customers a ‘more consistent experience’, Burberry has decided to merge its Prorsum, London and Brit lines into one Burberry label, reports WWD.
The new strategy is a departure from how former CEO’s Rose Marie Bravo and Angela Ahrendts operated. Bravo, in fact, introduced the split into three separate labels, but according to current CEO and Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey, the categories were created when sales were 30 percent retail and 70 percent wholesale. In an interview with WWD, he said that the situation was now the reverse.
”The key is to present a cohesive brand experience,” said Bailey, adding that the new strategy would increase productivity and create a more intuitive shopping experience. The new Burberry brand will be in stores next summer.
Bailey also revealed that the company will be building a new factory in Leeds dedicated to its most successful and iconic item: the trenchcoat. Construction of the state-of-the-art facilities will commence next year and Burberry has invested an initial amount of 50 million pounds in the project which it has dubbed Project Artisan. “Burberry is a proudly British brand and we are so excited that our plan for a new site in South Bank, Leeds, means that we will continue to produce our most iconic product – the trench coat – in this wonderful part of the country for many years to come," Bailey said.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, added: "We welcome this significant investment in Leeds and are proud that Yorkshire will continue to be the manufacturing home of this great British business, bringing jobs, training and regeneration to the area.”
Sales of its trenchcoats has doubled in the past five years, whereby the two existing factories in Yorkshire are operating at maximum capacity. The new factory will allow Burberry to create approximately 200 new jobs, in addition to moving existing factory staff to the new location.