is a Glaswegian
brand founded by tycoon
Michelle Mone, born 1971, grew up in the East End of Glasgow
, Scotland and, after an early career as a model, ran Labatt
's Scottish sales and marketing team. After being made redundant and having her second child, in October 1996 she decided, while wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage enhancing brassiere
at a dinner dance, that she could create a better design. Her stated aims were to create a brassiere that was both more comfortable, and better looking, creating more cleavage.
She founded MJM International Ltd in November 1996, and three years of research, design, and development resulted in the patented Ultimo bra. In August 1999, a month after having her third child, Mone launched Ultimo at Selfridges
department store in London. Selfridges sold the pre-launch estimate of six weeks of stock within 24 hours, which is still known as the biggest ever bra launch in the UK, with over 50 photographers present and camera crews from all over the world.
In April 2000, Mone won the World Young Business Achiever Award
. In May 2000, Ultimo was launched in the United States at the Saks Fifth Avenue
store in New York.
In September 2003, MJM launched their third design, The Ultimo Miracle Body, a backless and front-less bra. In April 2004, the company launched a new lingerie brand with Asda
, branded... Read More