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Victoria Station and Kate Hill retail chains call in administrators

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Luggage and handbag chains Victoria Station and Kate Hill have called in administrators, putting hundreds of jobs in doubt. 

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said Melbourne-headquartered Victoria Station had notified it on Tuesday that it had appointed an administrator because it was or was about to become insolvent. 

The Victoria Station luggage and travel accessory chain has 43 stores across the country. The Victoria Station luggage and travel accessory chain has 43 stores across the country. Photo: Kirsty Umback

The Victoria Station luggage and travel accessory chain has 43 stores across the country, with 19 in Victoria and the rest across NSW, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia.

Victoria Station owns Kate Hill, which sells handbags and wallets and has 21 stores. 

Victoria Station owns Kate Hill, which sells handbags and wallets and has 21 stores. Victoria Station owns Kate Hill, which sells handbags and wallets and has 21 stores. 

The company opened its first luggage store in 1990, selling well-known luggage brands. It later branched out and started manufacturing its own luggage under the Victoria Station and Kate Hill brand names.  

Administrators Michael Currafa, Peter Gountzos and Richard Cauchi from SV Partners have been contacted for comment. 

Victoria Station has also been contacted for comment. 

It follows a string of collapses in Australian retail, following the demise of Marcs, David Lawrence, Herringbone, Rhodes & Beckett, Pumpkin Patch and Payless Shoes as smaller players struggle against the might of global giants such as Zara and H&M. 

patrick.hatch@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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