Derek Rose: A Brief History

Derek Rose is a family business of three generations working together to make the very best nightwear, loungewear and underwear. We care greatly about quality, customer service and design.

The story began when Lou Rose, Derek Rose’s father, first started in the nightwear business in 1926. He wanted to create a brand unrivalled in luxury using the finest silks and cottons and set about doing this with passion and drive.

Derek Rose joined his father in the mid 1950s and relaunched the business under the eponymous Derek Rose brand name. Since the mid 1970s the brand has gone from strength to strength with a growing global fan base marked by winning the prestigious Queen's Award for Export Achievement in 1987.

Derek Rose remains the worldwide leader in the luxury nightwear and loungewear industry with customers in over fifty countries around the world and a presence in the majority of leading boutiques and stores. Derek Rose is the world's finest luxury sleepwear brand.

Derek Rose & Heritage

Many brands call themselves heritage brands. We truly are a heritage brand.

The definition of heritage is: “valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations”

As a third generation business with two generations still working together, we are very much a heritage brand. It is not merely that we work together in the business, but that we have grown up around the business.

In the early 1990s Derek Rose welcomed his daughter Nancy Rose-Pagani into the business. Nancy built up her knowledge across all areas of the business and, with her Fine Arts degree background, settled in the role of Design Director. She is responsible for all the lovely designs that we launch each season so we’re always very nice to her.

In 2003 the third generation management of the business was further expanded after Sacha Rose, Derek Rose's son, joined the business. Sacha joined from a legal and financial background and, after training in the business, Sacha took on the role of Managing Director in 2005.

Today's business retains the core values initially instilled by Lou Rose and developed by Derek Rose - quality, passion for design and great service.

Discretion — Behind closed doors

Over the decades Derek Rose has tailored the nightwear of royalty, film stars and musical legends. However, the brand understands that these are clothes that are worn by those who value achievement over celebrity.

Developed to meet the tastes of those who look for the very best in quality, but feel no need to tell the world about it, the Derek Rose collection combines traditional dressing gowns and pyjamas in a unique range of styles, patterns and fabrics, from light cotton to pure silk.

Passionate About Quality

Derek Rose has always worked with the finest fabrics - cashmere, wool, silks and the best cottons. All fabrics are designed in-house and are exclusive to us. Derek Rose is renowned for its satin stripes in the classic pyjama collection and the ‘Basel’ supersoft jersey in the Naturally collection.

How are these eye catching designs created?

Satin stripes are produced by an intricate weaving process that gives you the high sheen and colour clarity in the stripe. We use a 2 ply yarn for our fabric (i.e. thread twisted with another thread to make a very strong single thread, the yarn must be spun to a very fine diameter.), which creates a stronger, longer wearing, visually eye catching fabric. These are produced in stunning colors.

All products are then meticulously made with specialist techniques such as twin needle stitching, matched pockets and deep hems to give stunning merchandise results.

So you can guarantee when shopping with Derek Rose that you are buying quality products with years of design and craftsmanship invested in them.


The Rose family first started in the nightwear industry in 1926 when Lou Rose, Derek Rose's father, set up in business.


Derek Rose joined his father in the family business.


Derek Rose presents his luxury nightwear to Queen Elizabeth


Luxury sleepwear from Derek Rose spotted backstage in the West End


Photoshoot by Lord Snowdon for Derek Rose sleepwear at Simpsons of Piccadilly


The company became Derek Rose Pyjamas Ltd and moved into the Savile Row offices


Derek Rose received the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement


Nancy Rose joined her father full time in the family business


Derek Rose launched the 'Millennium Collection' – featuring one design from the archives from every decade of the 1900s


Derek Rose make the pyjamas for the first Harry Potter film.


Sacha Rose joins the company


Derek Rose launches the Ladies’ collection


Derek Rose launches the naturally collection


Derek Rose receives the Lifetime achievement award at UK Fashion exports award ceremony. It is presented by Princess Anne.