Nigel Lugg is Group Chairman of Prominent Europe specialising in fashion apparel supply. Prominent serves a broad client base offering men's shirts and suits, womenswear and casualwear to retailers across Europe; it has offices in Barcelona, Paris and Milan as well as London and Nottingham. It also owns the Chester Barrie brand and holds the menswear license for Richard James Mayfair. Prominent has a significant business manufacturing shirts, hosiery and intimates for Marks and Spencer. It acquired the Quantum Clothing Group in 2012 before restructuring it and merging it into Prominent Europe.
Originally a buyer at Liberty and then House of Fraser, Nigel moved onto the supply side of the industry in the mid-80s when he became European CEO of Warnaco Branded Division including Christian Dior and Valentino. Then in 1992 he became a founding partner of Prominent Europe, setting up the business in conjunction with the Itochu Corporation.
Nigel became Group Chairman in 2001 at the same time as Itochu took full control of the company. He has overseen the company's development from shirt specialist to the broader role it has now. He has extensive experience of Asian manufacturing having controlled owned factories in Shirts tailoring Lingerie and Hosiery.
He also led Prominent into the branded market, buying Chester Barrie in 1997. From one store on Savile Row the brand has now grown to 13 shop-in-shops in the UK and Italy and has a healthy wholesale business. The Brand has International licences in China and Korea. The Richard James Mayfair licence began at the start of 2012 and already there are seven shop-in-shops in the UK and France. In addition the Brand Division took on the Simon Carter licence for Men’s casualwear in 2014.
In May 2015 Nigel was appointed Chairman of the UKFT, with 2500 members they represent the UK manufacturing and textile sector. They are heavily involved in the Brexit negotiations to ensure the Industry has a strong voice with Government and are passionate about developing a growing manufacturing industry for Fashion and Textiles in the UK.