Thomas Royall: Calum Best Has Joined The Brand As A Partner And Investor. 

Thomas Royall has just announced that Calum Best (who has worn their shorts since they first launched), – has now joined the team as a partner, and an investor.

Calum Best (who appeared on Come Dine With Me, and who won the second series of Celebrity Love Island, – as well as being a son of the iconic England champion, George Best), commented on the announcement: “I am THRILLED to announce this very exciting and natural progression!”

Originally established in 2015 by ex-premiership footballers, Sam Saunders and Liam Ridgewell, – Thomas Royall is a luxury swimwear brand that is loved and widely-worn by celebrities. After sadly entering liquidation in 2019, the company was later bought out by Francesca Ridgewell, with Lauren Corbett becoming the Director shortly after.

The on-boarding of Calum was an “extremely organic” decision for Thomas Royall: not only was he one of their first customers, but he has also continued to wear their shorts, – a true testament to their quality. After seeing the business had been taken over, he was interested to find out more. In doing so, he developed an immediate friendship with both Francesca and Lauren, which has now grown into a partnership: “It’s been a long time coming,” said Francesca.

Whether it’s matching swimwear, or father-and-son shorts, there are exciting things ahead for the brand, especially with the newly-welcomed addition of Calum: “We all bring different ideas to the table,” said Lauren. Thomas Royall is a contemporary men’s and boy’s swimwear label, – that specialises in matching, modern designer swimwear for “dads and lads.” Their collections include four styles of swim short, matching shirts, and summer accessories.

Thomas Royall is on a mission to help men to be comfortable and stylish. The brand has developed their products using performance, and fast-drying fabrics, with each Thomas Royall style featuring the brand’s signature azure blue waistband.

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Thomas Royall’s CEO, Francesca, – has been a part of the Thomas Royall family since 2016. Previously, she spent years working on the trading floor at some of the worlds most prestigious Investment Banks, such as, JP Morgan, Barclays Capital, and HSBC.

Francesca fell in love with the brand, and with her clear eye for fashion and design, it was an easy decision for her to acquire the business when the opportunity was presented to her in 2019. In 2020, Lauren Corbett, an entrepreneur (and the owner of the luxury lifestyle concierge, ‘Flag in the Sand Lifestyle Ltd’), joined Thomas Royall as a director.

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And don’t forget to watch the full interview, featuring George Taylor from Gramersi, and Thomas Royall (Francesca Ridgewell, Lauren Corbett and Calum Best) below.