Harold Tillman CBE, Founder of Jaeger Menswear
About Harold Tillman
Mr. Harold Tillman, CBE is the Owner of The Jaeger Company Limited. Mr. Tillman was the Co-Founder of E-Trader Group Ltd. His Co-Founded Fashion Enterprise Fund. He was the Founder of Stockshifters.com. His career has ranged from selling hipsters in swinging Carnaby Street, to the recent reinvigoration of British stalwarts Jaeger, and Aquascutum. As Chairman of the British Fashion Council, he has helped harness the creativity of British fashion and steer it toward a more robust future. He also heads up a successful restaurant chain, is responsible for the salvation and reinvigoration of Allders (the historic department store). He continued to develop his career throughout the ’80s and ’90s, broadening his fashion interests from London to Hong Kong and the USA. In 2000, he backed the acquisition of BMB Menswear from William Baird and once again was involved in a major high street retail distributor. In 2003 he found wider fame as the restorer of the previously ailing heritage brand Jaeger. His dramatic eleventh-hour takeover and subsequent transformation of it has been one of the retail success stories of the early 21st Century. His acquisition of Aquascutum in 2009 met with equal excitement. A consummate appreciation of tailoring, coupled with an unfailing feel for the rhythms of the high street put him in a unique position to innovate.
He has proved relentless in his support for the University of the Arts where he has been made an honorary fellow and for which he chairs the board of Alumni. In 2006, he bestowed £1million MA scholarship fund upon the London College of Fashion.
He served as the chairman of British Fashion Council from September 2008 to January 1, 2013. In 2009, Harold’s visionary ambassadorship and collaborative acumen secured a triumphant 25th anniversary for London Fashion Week including his hosting of two evenings for the designer, media and fashion world at number 10 Downing Street and another at St James’ Palace. Drapers Record also recognised his instrumental role in the recent Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate the contribution the clothing sector makes to the British economy. In June 2010, he was awarded the Commander Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to the fashion industry. In November 2010, he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion award at the inaugural Global Fashion Awards in New York. Organised by WGSN and launched in 2010 for the first time, the Global Fashion Awards is a celebration of fashion’s most inspirational businesses and individuals from across the world. He is an alumnus of London College of Fashion.