London-based Apricot sells clothing in 10 standalone stores and more than 350 concessions at retailers such as New Look and Debenhams. Philip Chaimo, 53, and Sophia Ciampa, 34, established the brand in 2007, and started their export drive three years ago. Germany has been the company’s key overseas market, accounting for more than two-thirds of its £6m international sales this year.
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