About us

Proportion London is proudly descended from the specialist heritage company, Siegel and Stockman. Founded in France in 1867 by Frederic Stockman, trading began in Great Britain in the early 1920s, manufacturing hand-crafted papier-mâché bust forms and torsos for workrooms, couture house design studios and dressmakers’ showrooms.

During the early part of the 20th century, department stores became big retail business, introducing the need for bust forms and display figures for their professional window-trimming teams. This led to a huge increase in business and diversification into more display fixtures and fittings.

By the 1950s and 60s, figures began to be produced in fibre glass, which was considered much more robust and gave a greater definition to the anatomic details of the mannequins. The company embraced this new production technique and continues to manufacture in these two materials, as well as looking into new and sustainable alternatives.

In the 1990s, the brand name was changed to Proportion London, and the company’s ethos, practising original artisan techniques and craftsmanship, using a library of original shape moulds and early archive material, remains strong.

Today, the company nurtures an international portfolio that spans customers from respected high street and high-end brands to world-class museums and visitor attractions.

Kesslers

In 2020, the future of Proportion London was secured by its acquisition by award-winning retail experts, Kesslers London.

Kesslers was founded in 1893 and has shown flair for adapting to the needs of a changing market. It hasn’t stopped growing since, finding new areas for the implementation of its expertise to deliver unique displays, pop-up shops and in-store experiences for brands globally.

The acquisition of Proportion London was an amazing opportunity for further development of Kesslers’ visual display offering and has been able to support the company in its ambition to increase its foothold in the visual merchandising sphere. Kesslers London remains intent on growing in areas that develop its breadth of services and specialism to retailers and brands. Combining Proportion London and Kesslers London brought the benefits of both companies to a greater range of brands and retailers, strengthening relationships and long-lasting synergies.

Daniel Astarita, Managing Director, commented at the time of acquisition: “We are lucky to have acquired a brand with so much heritage, bringing with it a strong brand image, reputation and high-quality standards. I am sure that Proportion London will bring an exciting chapter to the Kesslers story, augmenting the services that we provide and together will be able to continue to develop and continue to strengthen our position in the marketplace.”

Our facility

Both businesses are located in Highams Park, London in a purpose-built facility where the Kesslers and Proportion teams are able to design, engineer and manufacture, using almost any substrate and assemble them together into stunning display pieces, all managed seamlessly by a passionate band of account and project managers. Experienced teams of sculptors, model makers and artists ensure that every detail of Proportion’s product is perfect and that the skills of hand manufacture are nurtured and developed.

Crafting from the finest materials to create entirely handmade, high-quality innovative display solutions for leading high-end, high-street brands and museums, making Proportion London globally unrivalled for its in-house services and extensive far east supply chain.

Clients

We craft mannequins, bust forms, and accessories for high-end and high street brands, as well as museums and public attractions. Examples of clients we work with are listed here.

ALL SAINTS

Me + EM

WHISTLES

THOMAS PINK

SIMONE ROCHA

SELFRIDGES

SEA SALT

PAUL SMITH

 

 

ORLEBAR BROWN

OWENS CORP

JIGSAW

MINT VELVET

N PEAL

HOLLAND COOPER

AGENT PROVOCATEUR

NATIONAL TRUST UK

 

NATIONAL TRUST SCOTLAND

NATIONAL THEATER

IM MARKETING

LOLO CREATIVE/ WARNER BROTHERS

END CLOTHING

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND

DE BEERS

BRITISH LIBRARY

RAF MUSEUM

APRICOT

LA COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

JANIE LIGHTFOOT

DESIGN MUSEUM

TESCO 

SOMERSET HOUSE

British museum

Historic royal palaces

The Met Museum new York

Barber

Harrods

James Purdy

Hornimans museum

Fine arts museum San Francisco

Liberty

Alexander McQueen

All Saints

Belstaff

Ben sherman

Berlutti

Boden

Browns

Burberry

Calvin Klein

Charles Tyrwhitt

Charlotte Olympia

Chloe

Christian Dior

Christian Louboutin

Coach

Dolce & Gabanna

Harvey Nichols

Harrods

Hermes

Hobbs

Joe Browns

John Lewis

Lane Crawford

Liberty

Louis Vuitton

Liberty

National Museum of Scotland

Nordstrom

Maison Margiela

Mulberry

Marks and Spencer

Metropolian Museum of Art

Paul Smith

Ralph Lauren

Rick Owens

Rag & Bone

Reiss

Rick Owens

Selfridges

Simone Rocha

Ted Baker

The White Company

Thomas Pink

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria Beckham

Vivienne Westwood

Warner Bros. Studio

Interested in our work?

If you are interested in our work and would like to find out more about Proportion London`s products or services, please dont hesitate to give us a call.