Upmarket retailer Feather & Black has hired a former senior Orla Kiely and Robert Dyas executive to the post of commercial and finance director.

Matt Emerson joined the bedroom and lifestyle retailer late last year, following a handover period with James Flude, who left the business last month.

Mr Flude — who had been with Feather & Black since 2011 — is to return to his native Yorkshire with his family, Feather & Black said in a statement.

Managing director Dan Wade said: “Matt brings a wealth of experience, much of it gained in the fashion and home retail industry where he has previously worked at Orla Kiely, Robert Dyas and Fat Face.”