Mary Portas’ Kinky Knickers firm in administration

20 January 2014

The underwear maker, Headen and Quarmby, has gone into administration after ‘orders had fallen sharply’. The company featured in the channel 4 TV show ‘Mary’s Bottom Line’ in 2012, working as Mary Portas’ manufacturer for her ‘Kinky Knickers’ range. 

Mary’s aim was to bring back the textile industry to former industrial towns to inject some much needed growth and revival. However, last week it was revealed the firm was put into administration losing 33 jobs. 

Headen and Quarmby has previously supplied high street and online retailers such as House of Fraser and ASOS. Upon hearing the news, Mary Portas commented she was ‘heartbroken’ and ‘completely blown away’. She knew there were problems with cashflow but believed the company was still viable. The manufacturer suffered from a poor Christmas sales period as well as a significant drop in orders after the festive break. 

The administrators, BDO, hope to secure a sale in the near future and are inviting businesses to enquire.