About

We’ve been providing Advanced Clothing Solutions since 1997, and it’s fair to say that we’ve come a long way since then.

Our flexibility knows no bounds. We provide a rental service through the traditional brick-and-mortar route for hundreds of stores across the UK and Ireland, plus we service purely online e-tailers as well. We’re also the leading sustainable garment solutions partner in the UK; simplifying garment refurbishment services for a vast array of organisations.

As the growth in the clothing rental market continues (menswear / womenswear / babywear), we’re seeing a seismic shift from ‘ownership’ to ‘usership’. Our experience in B2B fashion retail logistics solutions and supply chain management allows us to help companies be at the forefront of this movement.

We’re a trusted, innovative business; best placed to adapt quickly to market changes and to meet environmental challenges. We believe in growth through focusing on our customers, our products and our processing capabilities. Over the years, we’ve invested heavily in sophisticated technology, including garment sortation lanes based on advanced algorithms.

We really are a one-stop shop. The modernity of our operation and the expertise of our people allows us to tick all the boxes for garment rental and refurbishment. But don’t just take our word for it, come and see it for yourself.

Timeline

1997

Our Beginning

ACS was established in Glasgow, and initially focused on the rental of highland wear to the Scottish market.

2004

Expansion

Operations expanded enormously and we moved into a purpose-built 25,000 sq ft facility in Glasgow.

2006

Formal Wear Rental

We gained key contracts with multiple retailers and expanded our product range to include formal wear as well as highland wear.

2009

Extension

We outgrew our facility and extended the warehouse to 40,000 sq ft.

2013

Upscaling

ACS moved to a new 85,000 sq ft facility on the outskirts of Glasgow. With state-of-the-art garment handling technology, the new premises helps us to provide a best-in-class garment solutions service.

2015

USA Venture

Having received significant private equity investment, we looked to replicate our success in the US by establishing a purpose-built 240,000 sq ft facility in Memphis from which to service the US wedding and prom markets.

2017

Strategic Partnership

We launched a successful online model with JCPenney in the US. We also entered into a strategic partnership supplying tuxedo rental to TipTopTux and Al’s Formalwear, a 70-strong store portfolio in Texas, Louisiana, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

2018

Womenswear Fulfilment

ACS vertically integrated operations in the US with our main customer, TipTopTux and Al’s Formalwear. We also commenced fulfilment for womenswear rental websites in the UK.

2019

Garment Refurbishment

We began fulfilment for babywear rental websites in the UK, as well as returns processing and garment refurbishment for well-known online fashion retailers.

2020

Our Future

So, what do we have in store for 2020? Well, that very much depends on you. If you think we can help solve one of your problems (and chances are, we can), please get in touch and let’s shape the future of fashion rental and refurbishment together.

Our Team

The very fabric of our culture is defined by the highly trained and experienced teams we have throughout every area of our organisation, including Customer Service, Warehouse, Finance and IT.

Continuous improvement is at the core of ACS and each department constantly strives to find innovative and market-leading ways of working, always in the best interests of our customers.

We’re greater than the sum of our parts, with each individual team member adding a different quality and propelling us forward at the highest level.

It really is the people who make ACS tick. Come and visit us and we’ll introduce you.

Our Team

Andrew Rough

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has held several financial and commercial positions in industry with both listed and privately-owned companies. Prior to moving into industry, Andrew was a senior manager with Arthur Andersen. Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995 after previously graduating from Edinburgh University with a BEng (Hons) Electrical & Mechanical Engineering in 1990.

Anthony Burns

Chief Operating Officer

Anthony is a recognised champion of sustainable fashion, and has developed a global centre of expertise in the servitisation of rented garments. He is an Engineering Graduate with a Masters in Logistics and also an MBA. He is dedicated to both his, and his team’s continuous professional development. Anthony’s mission is to improve the sustainability of the fashion industry, and be more socially accountable, while accelerating maintainable increases in the company’s profitability.

Joni O’Brien

Sales & Customer Service Director

With over 30 years’ experience in the automotive and service industries (20 of those with ACS), Joni brings a wealth of knowledge to ACS. Managing a large team of customer services staff, Joni ensures that customers’ requirements are met and, where possible, exceeded. Joni is a skilled professional and she promotes a positive customer services ethos throughout the organisation.

Paula Minowa

Non-Executive Chair

Paula started her career in FMCG marketing with RHM and L’Oréal, then crossed the border into retail, having held senior roles at Boots and Asda before becoming Managing Director at Ann Summers, CEO of Strauss Innovation in Germany and COO at Moss Bros Group Plc. After a successful Executive career in retail, Paula became a Non-Executive Director and Advisor, with roles within manufacturing and retail-related services. Paula also co-founded Retail Realisation LLP, where she used her in-depth knowledge of operations, restructuring and leadership to help her clients.

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