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Thomas Pink, the Iconic British Shirtmaker, Has Reportedly Closed

The label has become synonymous with bright, patterned shirts.
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Thomas Pink has reportedly closed, reports The Telegraph and Robb Report. Established in 1984 by Irish brothers James, Peter and John Mullen, the British shirtmaker has come to be known for its bright, patterned shirts.

The label was notably sold to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) in 1999 for €48 million for 70 percent of the company. From there, the brand had a global expansion with stores in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Ireland, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, China, Australia, Hong Kong, and more.

In 2015, Rustan's opened the first Thomas Pink store at its Makati department store. Three years later, Thomas Pink was rebranded to Pink Shirtmaker London. The overhaul, headed by Scottish-born designer John Ray, brought modernity to the traditional brand with a "softer rather than being stuffy" approach.

Late last year, the label quietly closed down its London flagship store. It's website and social media accounts soon followed. Since then, however, Thomas Pink's Instagram has gone up once again—now filled with comments from loyal customers asking if the label is back.

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The Evening Standard reported as early as December that the owners were seeking bidders for the brand. 

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