Our History

We might have seven decades behind us. But at River Island, we don’t feel our age. Our brand is as fresh, exciting and forward-looking as it’s always been. With 300 stores across the world, an award-winning online fashion retail site, one of the biggest in-house design teams on the British high street and a deep commitment to nurturing new talent, we’re one of the most successful fashion retailers in the UK. But watch this space. We’re only just beginning.

Ben Lewis

Made in Britain

“River Island has fast become the designer brand of the high street, with stores in more than 18 countries. River Island has and always will be an exciting, innovative, and fun company. You’ll be glad you joined us." Ben Lewis CEO

Our Timeline

Lewis Separates

1948

Bernard Lewis starts selling yarn from a dis-used bomb site in East London

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1955

Lewis Separates as it’s become known, grows from 5 stores to 9

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1965

The 70 store empire of Lewis Separates is transformed in to Chelsea Girl

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1982

The first Menswear store is launched under Concept Man

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1991

Chelsea Girl & Concept Man are merged to become RIVER ISLAND

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1993

The first International store is launched in ROI

GFW

2005

RI sponsors Graduate Fashion Week for six consecutive years

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2008

Style Insider blog launches offering news on trends & styles

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2010

Ben Lewis becomes CEO

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2012

The Design Forum is launched in association with The British Fashion Council

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2013

Partner with global super star Rihanna

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2015

Launch of RI Kids

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2018

Launch of RI Home

Will Kernan

2019

Will Kernan joins River Island as CEO

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