House of Busby

What we do: The House of Busby is a distributor of international brands with exclusive rights to top international brands including Aldo, Forever New, Guess, Karen Millen, Mango, Nine West, Call it Spring, Kipling and Tumi among others. The company employs more than 2,000 people and operates over 300 stores and looks after 21 brands. The House of Busby was founded in 1986 by Keith Brouze and Mark Gordon.

Ownership & Management: The House of Busby was acquired by Ethos Private Equity together with management and private equity firm Sphere in 2008. After the acquisition the company was delisted from the JSE. The company has an excellent management team that has consistently improved on artistic innovation and has expanded its high-end brands.

Key financial indicators: Not provided. The House of Busby has strong operational performance and is valued at R1.3bn based on the estimates of the private equity firm, Ethos.

Track record: The House of Busby is a market leader with exclusive distribution rights in South Africa of world leading, high-quality and highly desirable international brands (Nine West, Mango, ESPRIT, Tumi, Sinequanone, Claire’s, Delsey and Kipling), supplemented by local brands (trading under Marion and Lindie, Busby, Frasers, Hepker’s, X-cessory Mix and Travelite). The business also owns the exclusive rights to the Aldo and Guess brands in Australia.

Contact details: Tel: (+27) 11 555 2353 Email: Address: Building 4, 171 Katherine Street Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa Website:

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