The Lew family, headed by rag trade tycoon Solomon Lew, owns a swag of Australian clothing retail companies. While Solomon owns Voyager Distributing Co and 42% of Just Group, his three children each control parts of the Lew empire. Peter Lew manages Australian Retail Investments and the Australian licenses for Zara and FCUK, Steven Lew manages Playcorp and Global Retail Brands, while Jacqueline Lew manages Nine West.
Wikipedia profile on Lew Group head, Solomon Lew. Includes details of controversial business deals, including the Yannon transaction and the Etiket transaction.
Source: Wikipedia (2014)
Solomon Lew, owner of Premier Investments, struck a deal with Mornington Shire Council in June 2012 to remove a pool he had built on Crown Land without permission and remediate the land in exchange for negligence charges being dropped. Lew is to pay Council's legal fees of $150,000 and a fine of $50,000.
Source: The Age (2012)
|Subsidiaries||Voyager Distributing Company Pty Ltd
One of Australia's largest clothing importers and distributors. Part of Solomon Lew's web of companies.
- Anthea Crawford (Australia) Pty Ltd (50% owned)
Estimated 95% made in Australia, 5% made in Asia. Part owned by Solomon Lew's Voyager Distributing Company.
- Simon De Winter Group Pty Ltd (50% owned)
100% Australian designed and owned. Half owned by Solomon Lew's Voyager Distributing Company. Holds the licence for Hanes underwear in Australia.
Playgro Pty Ltd
Founded in Melbourne in 1992. Today its products are sold in 57 countries.
J L Footwear Pty Ltd
Nine West was established in the USA in 1978 and opened in Australia in 1995. In 2020 Nine West is available in 80 locations across Australia, including independent stores and concessions in Myer and David Jones. Part of Solomon Lew's web of companies.
Steve Madden (Aust) Retail Pty Ltd.
Australian distributor and exclusive licence holder for Steve Madden footwear and accessories. This company went into voluntary administration on 16.07.09 with debts of over $A10 million. Now controlled by the Lew family, who announced in Nov 2014 they would close all Australian Steve Madden shoe stores following a dispute with Steve Madden Ltd.
BrandBank Group Pty Ltd
Owned by Peter Lew, son of Australian retail magnate, Solomon Lew. Operates Seed Heritage, French Connection, Allkinds and Commonry stores in Australia. Acquired stationery retailer Kikki.K in 2021.
- FC Australia Pty Ltd
- Steambrook Pty Ltd
Founded in Melbourne in 2000. Owned by the Lew family.
Century Plaza Investments Pty Ltd
Property developer and investment company
Solomon Lew's investment vehicle. Owns 42% of Premier Investments.
- Premier Investments Ltd (42% owned)
Chaired by one of Australia's richest men, Solomon Lew. Lindsay Fox is also on the board of Directors. Acquired clothing retail group Just Group in 2008.
SL Investments Group
Steven Lew is the Executive Chairman SL Investments Group which has extensive investments globally across the public and private sector, seed capital, property, green energy, technology and payment platforms.
- PlayCorp Group of Companies Pty Ltd
Apparel, toys and homewares distributor
Founded in 1984. PlayCorp supplies more than 13,000 products to more than 6,000 shop fronts, including independent retailers and larger retailers such as Target, Rebel Sport, Coles, Kmart, Myer and Big W. Major merchandising partner for brands including AFL, The Simpsons, Warner Brothers, Disney, Marvel, Lucas Films. Most of their products are sourced from Asia. Operated by Steven Lew, son of retail veteran Solomon Lew.
- Global Retail Brands Australia Pty Ltd
Operated by Steven Lew, son of rag trade tycoon Solomon Lew. Global Retail Brands operates the 170 homewares stores plus ecommerce websites HOUSE.com.au, RobinsKitchen.com.au, YourHomeDepot.com.au and PetHouse.com.au.
|Address||35 Market St, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia|
Products / BrandsVoyager Distributing Co
Jump Womens Fashion
Kachel Womens Fashion
Ping Pong Womens Fashion
Anthea Crawford (50% owned)
Anthea Crawford some garments accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia
Simon De Winter (50% owned)
Darn Tough Underwear/Socks/Sleepwear
Darn Tough Underwear & Socks
Fine Lines Intimate Apparel
Kayser Intimate Apparel
Simon de Winter Underwear/Socks/Sleepwear
Playgro Baby & Pre-school
Nine West Australia
Nine West Womens Shoes
Commonry Womens Plus Size
French Connection Womens Fashion
French Connection Menswear (casual)
Kikki.K Stationery Stores
Seed Womens Fashion
A League Sportswear
Global Retail Brands
House Homewares Stores