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EME Investments acquires majority stake in Clive Christian

Clive Christian, a UK-based luxury interiors and fragrance brand, has been acquired by EME Investments 5, a private equity firm backed by a consortium of investors including Sir Brian Souter, Ann Gloag, EME Capital and Perscitus Advisers.

The investment, which will see the founder, Clive Christian OBE, dispose of a majority stake in his eponymous company, will accelerate momentum and expansion in the business renowned for its fragrances and luxury interiors ranges. Alongside the investment, Amy Nelson-Bennett has been appointed to the position of Group CEO. Clive Christian will remain Creative Director of the company.
 
Clive Christian, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the company. Clive Christian is a brand that in both fragrance and interiors has remained true to the genuine markers of a luxury brand: unsurpassed quality, craftsmanship, uniqueness and creativity. The brand is unapologetically British, heraldic, opulent and committed to producing the absolute best in its field regardless of cost. I am delighted to welcome such experienced investors who share my passion for excellence and vision for the brand.  This is an exciting time for Clive Christian, our employees and our growing number of discerning customers around the world.”
 
As Group CEO Amy Nelson-Bennett brings extensive experience in driving strategic growth for global brands in the beauty and luxury sectors as well as in advising private equity clients. She was responsible for the turnaround of Molton Brown during her tenure as Global President and CEO from 2010 to 2014. She joined Molton Brown in March 2006 as Group Marketing & Merchandising Director, having spent six years heading up the Marketing divisions of HarperCollins and Waterstones respectively.
 
Nelson-Bennett says: “Today’s luxury consumer is looking for products and experiences that are truly unique and genuinely crafted. The potential to grow both parts of the business in the UK and internationally – by remaining firmly committed to the values of true luxury and our position at the very top of the market – is immense. Building on the Clive Christian heritage and ethos of designing the best of British luxury, but injecting new momentum and investment, is what will fuel that growth. It’s a unique brand and business opportunity I’m honoured to be leading.”
 
Souter says: “We are excited to be a part of such an iconic British brand. Clive’s values, vision and respect for heritage have become synonymous with luxury and Amy's experience and reputation will undoubtedly bring significant value as the Clive Christian brand enters a new phase of growth and development.”

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