Le Tote Agrees to Buy Lord + Taylor for $100 Million

by Alex Tostado

Toronto — Le Tote, a fashion rental subscription service, has agreed to buy Hudson’s Bay Co.’s (HBC) Lord + Taylor brand for $100 million.

Le Tote will pay Toronto-based HBC $75 million in cash upon closing as well as a promissory note of $25 million, payable after two years. In addition, HBC will receive an equity stake in Le Tote, two seats on the company’s board of directors and certain rights as a minority shareholder.

Le Tote will assume responsibility of Lord + Taylor’s 38 stores, digital channels and inventory. Helena Foulkes, CEO of HBC, said the company will focus on its other brands, Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay.

The transaction is expected to close before the start of the 2019 holiday season.

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