40. Trunk Clothiers

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Founder: Mats Klingberg
Founded: December 2009 (launched September 2010)
Website: www.trunkclothiers.com 

Whilst a menswear store in itself is not particularly unique, Trunk founder Mats Klingsberg wanted to create a personalised shopping experience that addressed the gap between big department stores like Selfridges and Libertys and the flagship brand retailers on Bond Street and Sloane Square. Based in Marylebone’s Chiltern Street, Trunk brings together ‘a lovingly curated range’ of clothes with an impeccable service and relaxed atmosphere. Offering the feel of a small store but with big brands and no attitude, the shop has already amassed a global clientele. Listed as one of Walpole’s ‘Brands of Tomorrow’ in 2011, Klingberg has used his background in both luxury fashion and the financial services industry to create an independent retailer with the potential to compete with the big boys. An online offering launched in 2012 and Klingberg has also begun developing Trunk branded bags with plans to expand the collection into a range of clothing shortly. Set to achieve over £1m in turnover for 2013 and with plans to open a second store this year, this premium store is seemingly defying the recession. 

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