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Retailer rises from ashes of Carter

A NEW business has emerged from the ashes of men's clothing firm Carter, which went into administration in September.

Former Carter partner Andrew Watson has opened a new independent fashion retailer on the same site on Upper Queen Street in Belfast.

The store has opened under the name Andrew Watson following Carter's closure at the end of October. A spokeswoman said the move was not a pre-pack administration arrangement.

The new store will stock a wide range of menswear. The store also said it had been chosen by Gresham Blake, tailor to Richard E Grant, Christian Slater and Norman Cook, to be his exclusive Irish distributor.

Andrew Watson said there is still a market for prestige menswear despite the tough economic climate.

"There is still room in this marketplace for high quality men's clothing and a service to match," he said.

"Despite the sadness of having to close Carter, I am very confident that we have brought together the right team and the right brands to really differentiate ourselves in the market place," said Mr Watson.

The new store employs fourfull time staff including a tailor.

Carter Clothing is owned by Dave Pennick, a former president of Belfast Chamber of Commerce.