March 25, 2021
The Carlyle Group will acquire END., a luxury, streetwear and sportswear retailer.
Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Newcastle, UK, END. is a multi-brand, digital-led retailer, featuring luxury and contemporary fashion. The company partners with more than 500 designers and brands, and has developed a customer base through its exclusive collaborations and its unique omni-channel offering, including its online platform, mobile apps and physical stores. The company employs more than 650 people in the UK and ships to over 100 countries worldwide.
Christiaan Ashworth and John Parker, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Carlyle as our new partner. Their experience and strong track record in Luxury and Streetwear will be invaluable to us in supporting END.’s long-term and sustainable growth strategy. Carlyle’s industry knowledge and truly global platform will be instrumental as END. continues to reach an increasingly international audience. We’d also like to thank Index Ventures for being a fantastic partner and great to work with over the last 7 years.”
Massimiliano Caraffa, Managing Director at Carlyle, said: “We are attracted to END.’s distinctive style, which mixes luxury and contemporary brands with the best in sneakers and sportswear. We are excited by the many growth opportunities that lie ahead for the company, including the launch of womenswear as well as further international expansion.”