Estonian Luxury Clothes Retailer Bankrupt

Businessman Urmas Sõõrumaa and his partner Gunnar Kool’s plan to establish one of the leading luxury clothing and accessories chains in Eastern Europe has failed. Last week the court started bankruptcy proceedings for Versus Invest, Eesti Ekspress reported. Franchiser Versus Invest operated ten stores that sold clothing and accessories by Hugo Boss, Joop, Calvin Klein and Zegna. Six of them were in Estonia, one in Latvia and three in Belorussia. According to the plan, Versus Invest was supposed to open ten new stores during 2009. Versus’ problems became obvious in February this year, when Tallinn Airport seized the assets of Hugo Boss store and sent a bankruptcy warning. Read more.