BAIRD FAMILY TREE

1894

Alexandre founded - manufacturer and retailer of menswear.

1950

Alexandre commences partnership with American Armed Forces in Europe.

1971

UDS Tailoring formed from John Collier and Alexandre merger.

1986

Burton acquires John Collier and Alexandre.

1988

Centaur Clothes Group acquires business from Burton.

1989

William Baird PLC buys Centaur Clothes Group. Renamed as Baird Menswear Brands (BMB).

1990

Alexandre awarded Royal Warrants.

1991

Alexandre opens first stores with American Forces in the USA and acquires the Jeff Banks license.

1992

Debenhams suit exclusivity obtained. Alexandre wins Gold Award for Export.

1994

Arcadia suit exclusively obtained.

2000

BMB acquired via management buyout from William Baird.

2001

Export Award. Launch clothing in Sainsbury's via BMB Apparel.

2003

Buy dormant Baracuta brand.

2004

Baracuta wins Export Award, Arafa Holdings acquires shares in BMB.

2005

BMB acquire Stuncroft Brands and Addison & Steele Tailoring.

2006

Sell BMB Apparel to Li and Fung.

2007

Acquired Melka.

2008

Acquired the Pierre Cardin Licence, purchased the Crowther Group and Worth Valley Menswear.

2009

Arafa combine UK investment SRG and BMB into Baird Group. Acquired 1 ...Like No Other.

2010

Baird sells Suits You and Melka. Retains Racing Green and Young's Hire. Sells Baracuta to Italian brand house WP.

2011

Baird starts Suit Direct outlet business. Launch BMB websites:
www.suitdirect.co.uk
www.racinggreen.co.uk
www.1likenoother.co.uk

2013

Convert Goole warehouse into factory outlet. Montague mills. Move to new London showroom.