Coat and suit maker Crombie has put its Tommy Nutter brand up for sale – the tailor who dressed celebrities from The Beatles to Elton John and Jack Nicholson.

Nutter, who died in 1992 after resurrecting his career with backing from Crombie, was famed for designing clothes for a number of celebrities in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Rolling Stones.

The company confirmed that it was looking to sell the Tommy Nutter trademark and told just-style: “A number of other fashion and textile companies have been approached around the world – so far, most of the offers have been from big names in India and China.

“There is also ongoing dialogue with several British and European companies.”

After Nutter split with business partner Edward Sexton in 1976, Crombie backed the tailor’s return to Savile Row in 1983, after which he designed Elton John’s wedding suit in 1984 and the suits worn by Jack Nicholson’s The Joker character in the 1989 Batman film.

As well as the trademark, Crombie also owns a “modest” collection of original Tommy Nutter garments and design sketches.

The company said it was focusing on the expansion of its own luxury coats and suits through its three stores in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, online and through retailers such as Harrods and Liberty, as well as other independent stores in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

The company added: “Therefore, Crombie feels the time is right to sell the Tommy Nutter brand outright, or partner with another company to optimise on it.

“We have not named a specific price, and are considering all the offers.”