Julian Dunkerton is one of the UK’s most successful retailing entrepreneurs: he founded Cult Clothing in 1985, then Superdry in 2003. After stepping down to concentrate on product design in 2015, Julian returned to invigorate the brand in 2019, and is on a trajectory to fulfil the brand’s potential as a global retail phenomenon.
Julian founded, backed and acquired several businesses across a diverse range of sectors, including music, property, hotels, pubs and restaurants. In 2014, he took over the cider business funded by his parents, Dunkerton Cider, moving its operations to Gloucestershire.
In 2018, Julian took full control of The Lucky Onion, a family of design-led hotels and restaurants, raised and rooted in the Cotswolds, from Sam and Georgie Pearman.
The Lucky Onion includes: boutique hotel No. 131; No. 38 The Park; the Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach; The Tavern restaurant; and the newest additions, The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power; The Crown Inn at Minchinhampton.
Julian’s latest venture, The Cult Hotel Group is a new concept due to launch this year with The George in Cheltenham, promising to bring a ‘game changing’ new idea to the market.