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Grano buys premium menswear brand Samuelsohn
23
Mar '10
Grano Retail Investments an investment and advisory company, announced that it has acquired Samuelsohn, an 87-year-old premium tailored menswear brand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

As part of the transaction, Grano founder and CEO Stephen Granovsky, will become CEO of Samuelsohn which is currently sold in more than 250 specialty stores across North America and counts the prestigious retailers Paul Stuart and Harry Rosen as key customers. With more than 20 years of retail and consumer experience, Mr. Granovsky will build on Samuelsohn's heritage to create a more contemporary lifestyle brand while expanding its distribution.

“We are buying Samuelsohn because we believe that it is the best made suit in North America,” said Stephen Granovsky, CEO of Grano Retail Investments, which recently completed several M&A transactions in the consumer sector. We believe that Samuelsohn addresses a void in the market for a more contemporary brand with a better price/value proposition.”

Granovsky to Name Management Team
Mr. Granovsky plans to name a new senior management team to spearhead the growth of Samuelsohn in the coming weeks. As part of this plan, Mr. Granovsky announced that Paolo Torello-Viera, formerly the COO, Executive Vice President of Brioni Retail U.S., has been appointed COO of Samuelsohn. With more than 25 years in the men's apparel industry, Mr. Torello-Viera has developed deep expertise in all aspects of the fashion business. While at Brioni, he was responsible for defining and building their U.S. retail operations, ensuring alignment with overall corporate brand management and vision. Prior to joining Brioni, he was Executive Vice President at Ermenegildo Zenga Group, where he contributed to the launch of several new collections and the growth of its North American business. Additional members of the Samuelsohn senior management team will be announced in the coming weeks.

BDC provided financing to Grano Retail Investments for the acquisition of Samuelsohn. The BDC is Canada's business development bank. From more than 100 offices across the country, BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing, venture capital and consulting services.

Grano Retail Investments

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