British apparel retailer Speciality Retail Group (SRG), has snapped up the intellectual property rights to the famous Saville Row tailor and upmarket clothing manufacturer Chester Barrie, for an undisclosed sum.

SRG director Toby York told The Sentinel the Chester Barrie brand would complement its existing brands and said attempts were being made to source production in the UK instead of overseas.

He told the paper: "Chester Barrie is like the Rolls Royce of tailoring and we will not compromise its reputation for quality. We are in talks with a number of sources to make the suits for us, one of which is the management team at Chester Barrie. Manufacturing overseas is only an option if we are successful in our first choice."

The Sentinel added that a management team led by former Chester Barrie general manager Ian Wilson has created Cheshire Clothing Company Ltd and acquired the manufacturing units in order to continue the production for private label customers like Oswald Boateng and Ralph Lauren.