Jim Thompson acquires Fox Linton

Fox Linton Ltd, a supplier of premium fabrics and high-end furniture, has been acquired by Jim Thompson, in a transaction managed by BCMS.

Fox Linton Ltd is a supplier of premium fabric collections to the UK residential and commercial interior design markets. Located in London, at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, the company is an exclusive representative of a number of internationally renowned design houses, including Holly Hunt, Loro Piana, and Majilite. Fox Linton Ltd has a prestigious customer base, including internationally recognised luxury brands, such as Harrods, Sunseeker Yachts and Four Seasons.

“The interest in Fox Linton was indicative of the tremendous appeal strong UK brands hold for international acquirers” – Nick Lankester, BCMS

The acquirer, Jim Thompson, is a privately owned business established in 1951. From its beginnings as a small Bangkok retailer of silk fabrics, the company is now a fully integrated textile company employing 2,300 people internationally. At the time of the transaction in 2015, there were 48 Jim Thompson retail outlets and home furnishing fabric showrooms in the USA and Europe, with distribution in 39 countries.

BCMS Assistant Director Nick Lankester, who managed the transaction, said: “The interest in Fox Linton was very encouraging and was indicative of the tremendous appeal that strong brands within the UK interiors market hold for international acquirers. The acquisition by Jim Thompson is a formalisation of an already strong and historic relationship, and offers an exciting launching pad for the Fox Linton brand into global markets.”