Alasdhair Willis resigns from Established & Sons 16.09.10

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Willis in 2007, photographed for an icon interview (issue 052) (image: Rob Hann)

Alasdhair Willis has resigned as chief executive of British furniture manufacturer Established & Sons. Willis' resignation is the third by a founding member since the brand's launch during the London Design Festival in 2005. It follows the departure of design director Mark Holmes two years ago and business development director Tamara Caspersz last year.

The launch of Established & Sons during the London Design Festival in 2005 was welcomed as evidence of new vigour in British design. The "Made in Britain" tagline was central to the marketing of the business, part of an attempt to kick start Britain's moribund manufacturing industry. However, manufacturing has quietly moved to Italy and India in recent years and the tagline was removed from all packaging.

Since the start Established & Sons has worked with star designers including Jasper Morrison and Zaha Hadid, but has also been instrumental in launching the careers of younger designers such as Raw-Edges and Alexander Taylor.

According the press statement, which went out 15 minutes after midnight this morning, Willis has moved on to focus his energies on his creative consultancy Announcement, which has recently taken on David Beckham as a client.





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