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blackOrchidConcessionEfforts to salvage high-end furniture and design brand Black Orchid Interiors remain ongoing, the administrator said yesterday.


Kevin Lucas of Lucas Johnson told the Furnishing Report there was “nothing yet concluded,” despite sale talks with Black Orchid London going back several weeks to the date of his appointment.


Black Orchid London Ltd is a previously dormant company sharing management in common with Black Orchid Interiors—which traded online and through concessions in House of Fraser stores—before being placed into administration back on 29th July.


Black Orchid London Ltd, run by Black Orchid Interiors owner and director Sally Chamley, made an offer for the business on the same day, Mr Lucas said.


The company’s failure was blamed on a variety of factors including weaker market conditions in 2014, bad debts incurred last year and in the first quarter of 2015, and the loss of suppliers.


The Preston based company sold premium designer furnishings and was popular with wealthy and high-profile customers. At least two international footballers—Ireland’s Richard Keogh and England’s Andros Townsend—as well as the former CFO of global technology giant Apple, are among those listed as being owed cash.


Black Orchid Interiors had taken £299,340 in full payments and deposits from customers, but had used all the money by the time it ceased trading and was placed into administration, Lucas Johnson said in its first report to creditors last month. There are no secured creditors, and of the £895,884 owed in all, the largest amount (£305,696) is owed to private equity backer Jacdaw Investments.


Black Orchid was reportedly interested in opening a franchise in the Middle East this summer. When asked if this business was trading, Mr Lucas said: “If it is, I’m not aware of it. It is one of the things I’m looking into.”


The Furnishing Report was unable to reach anyone at Black Orchid.