A CENTURY-OLD necktie brand, established by two London tailors, is being brought back to life by a North Devon businessman.
Frank Theak and Roskilly Online has been launched by John Mott, from Beaford, who is a former chairman of the Guild of British Tie Makers.
John was managing director of the company throughout the 1990s – the period in which it experienced the strongest growth in its 100 year history.
Frank Theak and Roskilly Online's luxury silk ties will be handmade using fine six-ply silks from China, the source of 90% of the world's supply of tie-grade silk. It will use the same traditional manufacturing methods as those used by the company's founders in 1896.
Once the largest manufacturer of ties in the UK and supplying premium retailers including Harrods, Liberty of London and Harvey Nichols, the company also supplied the Victoria and Albert Museum's William Morris tie collection.
John left the company in 2003 and under new management the company went into administration in 2007, although John never lost the vision that the brand could again be a success.
"Frank Theak and Roskilly is a name that has been synonymous with luxury and style for more than 100 years, but I felt it was high time to bring the brand fully into the 21st century, and that means going online," said John.
"Like many businesses in this day and age, customers can only buy our products exclusively through our website – it's one of the ways we guarantee the quality and satisfaction that people expect from such a well-established brand."
"It may no longer be as usual to wear a tie every day, but there are very few men that don't own at least one and they still make a very strong statement about their wearers' identity and feelings.
"Like the original founders of the company, we do not compromise on quality and all our ties are fully handmade from the finest of natural silks."
The initial 40-strong range includes designs and colours which range from the classic to the contemporary.