Debenhams was established in 1778 by William Clark at 44 Wigmore Street in London's West End selling expensive fabrics, bonnets, gloves and parasols. By 1950, Debenhams was the largest department store group in the UK, owning 84 companies and 110 stores. Debenhams owns and operates 178 stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Denmark which together provide over 12 million square feet of trading space. Debenhams occupies the most sites of any of the traditional department store groups in the UK. Debenhams is leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of 246 stores across 28 countries. (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Debenhams Direct also offers a wide range of products and services which are exclusive to online customers in the UK such as furniture, electrical appliances and flowers.
Debenhams has been investing in British design for 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands. Current designers are Abigail Ahern (home), Ted Baker (lingerie, childrenswear), Jeff Banks (menswear), Todd Lynn (womenswear, accessories), Jasper Conran (womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie, accessories, home), Frost French (lingerie, accessories), Patrick Grant (menswear), Henry Holland (womenswear, accessories), Betty Jackson (womenswear, accessories, home, health and beauty), Stephen Jones (accessories), Jonathan Kelsey, Carol Lake, Ben de Lisi (womenswear, accessories, home), Julien Macdonald (womenswear, childrenswear, lingerie, accessories, home), Melissa Odabash, Jane Packer, Jenny Packham (womenswear, accessories), Pearce Fionda (womenswear), Preen (womenswear), John Rocha (womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie, accessories, home), Jonathan Saunders, Ashley Thomas (home), Janet Reger (lingerie, swimwear), Eric Van Peterson (jewellery) and Matthew Williamson (womenswear, childrenswear, accessories, home).
Debenhams product range: Clothing, Shoes, Dresses, Coats & jackets, Jumpers & cardigans, Tops & t-shirts, Jeans, Nightwear, Onesies, Lingerie, Trousers & leggings, Playsuits & jump, suits, Skirts, Shirts & blouses, Suits & tailoring, Shorts, Bikinis & swimwear, Sports & leisure, Sofas & chairs, Sofa beds, Beds, Mattresses, Dining tables & chairs, Coffee & side tables, Wardrobes, Shelves & Bookcases, Sideboards & cabinets.
Debenhams popular brands: Coast, The Collection, DebutDorothy, Perkins, Evans, Fiorelli, H! by Henry Holland, Jacques Vert, Joe Browns, Lands, End, Little Mistress, Lipsy, Mantaray, Maine New England, Miss Selfridge, Oasis, Phase Eight, Pineapple, Principles by Ben de Lisi, QuizRed, Herring, Wallis and Warehouse.