Touker Suleyman

FOUNDER OF HAWES & CURTIS MENSWEAR AND DRAGON'S DEN PANELLIST

With over forty years retail and manufacturing experience, Touker Suleyman is a multi-million fashion retail entrepreneur and investor. Best known for founding British menswear brand, Hawes & Curtis and reinventing 90s womenswear label Ghost. Named by The Sunday Times as the 637th in their Rich List and estimating his fortune to be over £150 million.

Kickstarting his career in retail, at just the age of eighteen, with a joint venture in a leather factory. By 1984 Touker had acquired a small cash-and-carry business which then became Low Profile Group. Which is a clothing manufacturer that supplies UK retail stores, with factories based in Bulgaria, Georgia and Turkey.

2001 saw Low Profile Group gain Hawes & Curtis and with Touker’s expertise turnover rose from £600,000 in 2001 to an impressive £30 million by 2014. Touker completely turned Hawes & Curtis around and subsequently opened thirty branches in the UK and one in Cologne, Germany. With the success of this venture, 2008 saw Touker purchase UK fashion label Ghost because the owner had cut investment following the collapse of the Icelandic banking market. This deal saved one hundred and forty two jobs across the company and by 2009 the label was already announcing its first collaboration with design duo Modernist.

Touker is also a very keen investor and on the side of his fashion labels he’s invested in Intelligent Futures, an online advertising start-up; Docks Rio, a casual boat shoe brand; Personify XP, an AI personalisation start-up; Huxley & Cox, a manufacturer of luxury handbags; and Bikesoup, an online marketplace for bicycles. Touker’s eye for successful investments is highlighted throughout his appearance on the investors panel of the thirteenth series of BBC’s Dragons Den.

He keynote speaks at many events, a highlight one was being invited as a business leader to judge the prestigious Startups Awards 2015. Which is the UK’s longest running awards that celebrate the country’s best and brightest new businesses launched in the last four years. He also spoke at an event with the Evening Standard where he shared his top business tips for startups.

Touker is a confident public speaker who has appeared at industry events up and down the country. Having built his own businesses and rebuilt other people’s he has a huge amount of experience to share with audiences. He inspires leaders to take calculated risks and invest their efforts into the industry, he also offers insights into business methods and techniques so makes a great addition to corporate events and functions.

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When at corporate events, Touker is known to cover the following topics:

  • International Clothing Manufacturer
  • British Branding
  • Business Management Speaker
  • Commercial Property Businesses
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Hawes & Curtis