pres les gala 1972


Pres Les was the largest marketer of eiderdowns, and became a market innovator, introducing polyester cotton, printed and coloured sheeting and duvets and duvet covers to the South African Customer.


Pres Les was one of six companies that founded the DSA (Direct Selling Association of South Africa), and the product was sold at house parties and demonstrations.


Courtaulds decided to dis-invest in South Africa due to Apartheid, however, Costas Scamvugeris, the Chairman of the Courtaulds group in South Africa, created a consortium to buy Pres Les.

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