Company History

There is a proud tradition of excellence in the textiles and drapery trade in Northern Ireland and Douglas & Grahame’s position as one of the UK and Ireland’s leading fashion houses is a major part of this heritage.

Charles Douglas and Hugh Grahame formed the company in 1924 as a wholesale drapery business selling various textiles, including suiting fabrics, to independent tailors, as well as drapery and hosiery to retailers throughout Northern Ireland. Douglas and Grahame recruited Dixie Finlay for his menswear expertise – spotting the changes in the market and the growing trend for ready-made clothing during the post-war boom.

By the late 1940s, the Wellington brand was born, offering quality traditional Irish worsteds ‘off the peg.’

When Mr Douglas died in 1965, Dixie Finlay took over the company and began to develop it further, bringing his sons Richard and Donald into the company in due course. Richard and Donald accelerated the growth of the company, expanding further into Ireland, opening offices in England, creating new brands and branching into retail with the opening of the first Remus Uomo store in 1992.

Richard Finlay, who led the company until his retirement, handed over control of the business to his brother Donald in 2016. The next generation has now entered the company in the form of Donald's sons Adam and Michael, who have taken leadership roles within the business.

With over 90 years’ heritage in fashion menswear, Douglas & Grahame is experiencing our most exciting period to date as we begin to grow our international presence and invest in developing new brands and new channels.

Read more about our stable of leading menswear brands or find out about more recent developments at Douglas & Grahame on our news page (coming soon).