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Arafa Milestones

1907

Mr. Abdel Ma’assoud Arafa establishes himself as a fabric retailer in the Nile Delta region

1947

Mr. Ahmed Arafa relaunches the family business, primarily as a fabric retailer.

1983

The Arafa family establishes Goldentex Group

1989

Arafa Holding establishes Swiss Garments Company, entry to Ready Made Garments.

1994

Arafa Holding acquires a majority stake in Port Said Garments Company.

1997

Arafa Holding acquires Concrete from Al Hakim Family, the largest local retailer today with 20% market share.

2000

Arafa Holding establishes Egypt Tailoring Company as a manufacturer of high end menswear.

2002

Arafa Holding establishes “Brands for Less,” a retailer of men’s discounted garments

2004

Arafa Holding acquires 31.6% stake in UK-based retailer BMB Group Limited (later reorganized under Baird Group)

2005

Arafa Holding increases its stake in Goldentex Group to 32.6%.

2006

In December, Arafa Holding goes public and increases its stake in Goldentex Group to 44%.

2007

Arafa Holding acquires SRG& Melka,in UK market

2008

Arafa Holding acquires 35% of Forall Group owner of the Italian prestigious brand Pal Zileri

2009

Al Arafa forms The Baird Group to consolidate its UK subsidiaries

2010

Arafa Holding divests its indirect stake (Baird Group) in SRG and Melka

2011

  • Establishment of CAMEGIT, 50:50 JV with Ermenegildo Zegna.
  • Arafa Holding establishes the new shirt factory, Cristall, located in Beni Sweif in Jan. 2011.

2014

Mayhoola acquires the majority stake in Forall Group , while Arafa Holding maintains same stake of 35%

2015

Arafa Holding increase its stake in Baird Group to 98.2%

2016

  • Arafa holding obtains exclusive rights for Ben Sherman through Baird Group
  • Arafa Holding sold its minority stake of 35% in Forall Confezioni S.p.A (“Gruppo Forall”) in July 2016