Getting to know Ray Kelvin
Ray Kelvin, founder and chief executive of fashion chain Ted Baker, doesn’t like showing his face in public. When his picture is taken, he partially covers it with props: a bowler hat, a taxi sign, a shoe. “I’m an ugly bugger,” he explained once.
Alas, the parts of his face he doesn’t hide have been making frequent appearances in the media since it emerged that dozens of current or former head office staff have made complaints about his alleged behaviour, which seems to centre on “forced hugs”. A petition signed by more than 1,000 people, thought to include about 200 current or former employees, has called for an end to it all, saying: “It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged”. The company, which Londoner Kelvin started as a shirt shop in Glasgow, said: “Hugs have become part of Ted Baker’s culture, but are absolutely not insisted upon.”
New for 2019: a culture of personal space.