Suave Owl, a South West-based independent menswear retailer has opened its first Bath store, more than ten times the size of its former shop in Keynsham.
The company has used a £40,000 funding package from NatWest, alongside a personal investment, to lease the Grade-II listed premises on Milsom Street and complete an extensive fit-out.
Over the last three months, founders Anthony and Jessica Harvey have transformed the three-story building into a retail space and showroom to display their selection of men’s clothing and accessories, as well as setting up headquarters for the lifestyle brand upstairs.
The couple opened their first store in Keynsham, in 2017, to provide men of all shapes and sizes with quality suits, shirts, shoes and accessories for everyday wear, as well as weddings and special occasions. The store’s popularity meant they doubled turnover in the second year of trading and have gone on to become an awarding winning business.
Suave owners, Anthony and Jessica Harvey.
Anthony said, “Keynsham was the ideal location to establish our business but we wanted to expand and relocate to a location with increased footfall. Thanks to the funding from NatWest, we have been able to secure a central position on one of the best shopping streets in the UK.
“We are excited to build our customer base from our new Bath store, grow our team and expand our offering for both men and women in the coming months.”
In 2019, Anthony joined the NatWest Accelerator Hub in Bristol, part of the largest fully funded accelerator network in the UK, for mentoring and advice on scaling up Suave Owl.
Ian Dudley, NatWest Relationship Manager, remarked, “Suave Owl has become a number one destination in the area for men’s clothing for special occasions and the funding and support from NatWest has enabled the business to target the next stage of growth. We wish the Suave Owl team every success with their new shop.”