David Finlayson started his career in 1982 as a buying director for Cruise Clothing in Scotland, before being appointed by Calvin Klein as president of sales and marketing for Europe in 1996.
In 2004, David established APM Agency, a multi-channel sales agency specialising in lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and loungewear.
His business represents cutting-edge and commercial brands including Bluebella, Lascana lingerie and swim, Maidenform Accessories, Dita von Teese Lingerie (pictured), Bravado Designs, Montelle Intimates and Oh La La Cheri.
APM is also a private label supplier to high street and premium accounts and the European master agent for Coconut Grove Intimates in Canada.
Over the years, David has also acted as a consultant to start-up brands and, as founder of The Lingerie Edit exhibition, he has nurtured new designers by giving them a platform to showcase their collections to the industry.
David is the co-founder of Dessous London, which launched earlier this year and included Contour Fashion graduates from De Montfort University, opening these young designers to important industry contacts.
The showroom opened at Carousel London, on the corner of Baker Street, with 15 brands in attendance. A cocktail event sponsored by Lascana also took place on the first evening of the event, featuring a performance from burlesque dancer Beau Rocks.
It was organised in collaboration with Bok Goodall, designer and creative consultant; and Luisa Loveday, founder of independent lingerie brand Loveday London.
The AW18 event, sponsored by Coco de Mer, will take place at the same venue on January 11-12, 2018.
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Company: APM Agency
Tel: 020 354 43140
Focus: Sales agency