British fashion retail recognised in New Year’s Honours list

Retail power couple Chrissie Rucker and Nick Wheeler, the respective founders of The White Company and shirt brand Charles Tyrwhitt, have been recognised for their achievements in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.


Chrissie Ruckerfounded The White Company in 1994 - Photo: The White Company

Both will receive OBEs for services to the retail sector, joining a total of 1,123 people who will receive an award.

Rucker started her homeware brand The White Company in 1994. Her business has grown since then from a store selling white essentials such as duvets, sheets and towels to a nationwide retailer stocking everything from tableware to cashmere clothing pieces.

Her husband Nick Wheeler founded Charles Tyrwhitt as a mail order only shirt brand in 1986. His company has now stores around the world in cities like New York, Paris and Washington DC, with its ‘four shirts for £100' offer becoming a key part of its success.

Former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman was also named in the New Year’s Honours List, and will receive a CBE for her services to fashion journalism.

She stepped down from the fashion magazine in June after 25 years, handing over responsibility for the fashion publication to Edward Enninful.

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