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Digital Subscriptions > Family Office Investor > Issue 3 > AN ICONIC AND HISTORIC MARINE BRAND


Is old gold? Does heritage sell? In a market that thrives off innovation, spectacular design and showmanship, is there still enough space to bring back the most illustrious and historical sail lofts of all time and start a new nautical clothing brand with it? Tom Montgomery seeks answers.


ANY SAILOR WORTH HIS SALT ON EITHER side of the Atlantic will have heard of Ratsey & Lapthorn; the world’s oldest and most prestigious sail makers. Founded in 1790, the company was a supplier of sails to the Royal Navy at Trafalgar, and even made the sails for HMS Victory; indeed, her topsail remains to this day complete with cannon ball holes.

Whether you make your money in widgets, property, nuts or bolts, just occasionally an opportunity that is in equal part romantic, fun and challenging, but overall irresistible, crosses your path.

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