Lewis Separates

1948

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

lewis separates

1955

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

boar lane leeds1967

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

river island launch new store

1991

Chelsea Girl & Concept Man are merged to become RIVER ISLAND

ROI store launch

1993

The first International store is launched in ROI

GFW

2005

RI sponsors Graduate Fashion Week for six consecutive years

style insider

2008

Style Insider blog launches offering news on trends & styles

design forum

2012

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