Swan takes flight

Deciding to align itself with a promising young golfer named Padraig Harrington allowed Karl Swan’s business to thrive in the golf clothing market

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
7th November, 2009

In a business park on the northside of Dublin, Karl Swan is inspecting 200,000 items of clothing. Row upon row of suits, casual jackets, trousers and golf apparel are stored in the warehouse of his company, John Swan Ltd, ready to be sent to retailers and sold under the Kartel brand. It’s a far cry from the company’s modest beginnings in the late 1940s,when Swan’s grandfather, John Joseph Swan, founded the family business....

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