From 1st January 2008, Woodford Global PLC became the first company in Europe to manage both Bobby Jones hardware and apparel ranges under two separate licenses granted by the Bobby Jones Golf Company and Hartmarx Corporation respectively.
Raymond Giuriceo, managing director of international licensing and vice president of Hartmarx Corporation, said, “Europe is one of our primary assets and we felt the time was right to place the future management of Bobby Jones with a company that knows and understands luxury brands.
“Woodford Global PLC has both the track record and ambition to drive forward the expansion of our business throughout Europe and South Africa. No other company can lay claim to the Bobby Jones heritage and pedigree and the agreement with Woodford Global PLC is a major step in the expansion of the brand.”
Dr Henry Clemmey, group managing director of Woodford Global PLC, said, “Bobby Jones was a legend with a legacy that typifies the spirit of true sportsmanship.
“However, it is not just about the great man himself, but about the use of the finest materials available, together with cutting edge design and technology in order to deliver and exceed the expectations of quality and performance required by today’s sportsmen and women. This thinking, recognized by professionals and amateurs alike is embodied in the range of Bobby Jones sports clothing, fashion clothing, accessories and golf equipment.”
Woodford Global PLC was founded by one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, Stephen Daubney, to invest and manage his diversification plans. The company’s multi-faceted portfolio includes sports, lifestyle and leisure brands and is based in state of the art headquarters in Preston.
Mr Daubney said, “It is Woodford’s intention to build relationships and work closely with premium brands around the world and Bobby Jones possesses this quality and heritage that we are proud to be associated with.”
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