Recognised as one of the world’s most important fashion destinations, Browns was founded by Joan Burstein and her late husband, Sidney, in 1970. Initially a small boutique housed on the ground floor at 27 South Molton Street, Browns grew rapidly expanding through five connecting Georgian townhouses. Famously credited with discovering talents such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Christopher Kane, Browns has continued to support and promote fashion designers over the last 43 years, offering everything from some of the world’s most famous names to emerging designers.
In 2006, Joan Burstein was honoured with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in acknowledgement not only of her achievements at Browns, but for her support of the British Fashion Industry as a whole.
Today, Browns is still family owned and run, with Simon Burstein as CEO and Caroline Burstein as creative director. The company includes Brownsfashion.com, Browns at 23-27 South Molton Street with Browns Focus at number 24, Browns at 160 Sloane Street and leading bridalwear stores Browns Bride, 12 Hinde Street and Vera Wang at Browns, 59 Brook Street.