Mentioned in the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, this iconic lingerie brand has been busy opening retail outlets around the world and plans to open its hundredth boutique this year. Its offering of luxury underwear, swimsuits and accessories generated £22.9m in exports in 2013. The London firm recently teamed up with actress Penelope Cruz and her sister Monica to develop a cheaper wholesale range, L’Agent, which chief executive Garry Hogarth, 59, expects to grow quickly.
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