Ashley Wilde Buys Voyage Maison, a $20 Million Converter, Soft Home Furnishings Manufacturer
April 5, 2019
LONDON — Ashley Wilde Group has acquired Voyage, a $20 million converter from its founder Ian Dykes.
The announcement of the purchase was made at the end of March by Ashley Brodin, Managing Director of Ashley Wilde Group.
Ashley Wilde has a 60 year plus of history in the interiors market.
“With the backing of such a stable and renowned parent company behind us, we will be able to invest in developing the Voyage brand to its full potential like never before,” says Linda Dykes, Operations Manager of Voyage.
“In the coming months we plan to radically enhance our customer offering and service levels whilst bringing new and exciting products to market,” she says. “Together we are confident that this collaboration will provide a strong and sustainable platform for Voyage.”
As previously reported in F&FI, Voyage brand, based in Glasgow, Scotland, was founded by Ian Dykes (Linda’s husband) in 1998. Voyage has about 75 employees and exports 30 percent of its production to 30 countries.
Dykes buys woven fabrics from Europe and Asia and jacquards from small commission weavers in Italy and digitally prints 16,000 meters a week in Glasgow as a converter. He also commission weaves linen base cloth in the UK. Dykes also buys velvets from a Turkish mill.
Voyage covers its own furniture frames with its own collections and also sells piecegoods to the likes of John Lewis in the U.K. as well as finished cushions, lampshades, and non-woven wallcoverings. It’s a complete coordinated home furnishings and furniture collection presented in a thick catalog every year.
“We have six designers on staff producing our original designs in watercolors," Dykes says. “We don’t buy designs on the outside, preferring to produce our own ranges."