Anger at House of Fraser over Presidents Club clothing range

House of Fraser have been criticised by activists for selling a line of clothing emblazoning the logo of The Presidents Club, a charity that was shut down in 2018 after a misogyny scandal.

The Presidents club was closed down after it hit the headlines over the behaviour of guests at its male-only dinners.

The waitresses were told to wear revealing clothes and were allegedly groped by the attendees.

It was held on account of the harassment, and a number of MPs denounced the conduct at the event where many celebrities and politicians were present.

The charity at the center of the scandal has since been shut down since then, but the brand was registered as a trademark by Manchester-based fashion trader ‘Martyn Warden’

Clothes embedded with the brand’s logo, such as tight-fitting black dresses and men’s leisure wear are now being sold at stockists including House of Fraser.

The clothing range recalls the Presidents club and now being under widespread criticism mainly from female entrepreneurs.
A clothing range that appears to recall the Presidents Club, a charity that closed down following a scandal over the has come under widespread criticism from female entrepreneurs.

“The execution of the brand is bad on so many levels, it’s incomprehensible,” Lu Li, founder of the Blooming Founders support network for female entrepreneurs, told City A.M.

“If this was done on purpose to get PR around its controversy, then it would be very narrow minded, short-term thinking,” she continued. “If it wasn’t done of purpose, then you would wonder how blind and incompetent the management must be to let something like this to go public.”

“The fury over the situation sends a very clear message to entrepreneurs: You might be able to get your 15 minutes of fame, but that won’t be enough to build a sustainable business, so do the right things from the start.”

The new range features 67 items, with sportswear and fitted garments for men and women, most of which bear the logo. Under each logo, 2018 is written in Roman numerals
Various entrepreneurs have voiced concerns about the brand, and some have criticised Mike Ashley, whose business Sports Direct is a parent company of House of Fraser.

‘As a business owner and mother of two daughters, I am surprised and disappointed that in this day and age, someone like Mike Ashley should seek to exploit misogynistic practices for commercial gain,” Sonal Keay, founder of fashion firm This Is Silk, told the BBC.

‘In an era where businesses are supposed to contribute positively towards all stakeholders, which includes wider society, it is an insulting move and I hope that his actions are condemned and ignored.
By now, there hasn’t been any comment from House of Fraser or Sports Direct in relation to the claims, and the clothing is still on sale.

The new clothline features 67 items, with sportswear and fitted garments for men and women, most of which bear the logo.
Under each logo, 2018 is written in Roman numerals.

Various entrepreneurs have raised concerns regarding the brand, and some have criticised Mike Ashley, whose business Sports Direct is a parent company of House of Fraser.

‘As a business owner and mother of two daughters, I am surprised and disappointed that in this day and age, someone like Mike Ashley should seek to exploit misogynistic practices for commercial gain,” Sonal Keay, founder of fashion firm This Is Silk, told the BBC.

‘In an era where businesses are supposed to contribute positively towards all stakeholders, which includes wider society, it is an insulting move and I hope that his actions are condemned and ignored.’

As of yet, there has been no comment from House of Fraser or Sports Direct in relation to the claims, and the clothing is still on sale.

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