Anger over Presidents Club clothing range

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It’s been two years since the Presidents Club charity closed down amid anger over its men-only dinners at which waitresses were allegedly groped.

But now a range of Presidents Club-branded clothes has revived memories of the scandal - and stockists include Mike Ashley’s House of Fraser chain.

The clothes include figure-hugging black dresses and other items emblazoned with the brand’s logo.

Female entrepreneurs described the range as “disgraceful” and “insulting”.

In January 2018, the Presidents Club hit the headlines after it emerged that waitresses at its annual fund-raising event were told to wear revealing clothing and put up with sexual harassment from guests.

Although the charity no longer exists, the brand has been registered as a trademark by Manchester-based businessman Martyn Warden.

Its website says that the company believes “fashion is more than a choice, it’s an experience”.

‘Surprised and disappointed’

House of Fraser also offers the range for both men and women from its own website.

Female entrepreneurs contacted by the BBC reacted angrily to the range of clothing and to Mr Ashley’s involvement.

“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,” said Sonal Keay, founder of fashion firm This Is Silk.

“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.”

Kathryn Colas, founder and chief executive of women’s advice and support service Simply Hormones, said: “The clothing is disgraceful, insulting the image of professional working women today.”

Frasers Group, which owns House of Fraser, and the Presidents Club have both been approached for comment by the BBC.


By Laura Price

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