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'Chance' train chat rewards Dragon's Den failure

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Image caption David Overton said his "heart sank" after being told that his product "would look ridiculous"

A failed Dragon's Den contestant has signed a deal with a big-name cosmetics brand after unknowingly meeting its founder on a train.

David Overton was told by TV judges his washable, wearable maps were "too niche" and "would look ridiculous".

But a chance meeting with fellow passenger and Lush founder Mark Constantine led to an order for 1,800 SplashMaps.

A third have already been sold in stores as scarves and gift-wrap.

Image caption Dragon's Den panellist Touker Suleyman said the product was "very, very niche"

Dragon Sarah Willingham told Mr Overton she would "look ridiculous wearing the A to Z around my neck" when the show aired on Sunday.

Fellow judge and financier Peter Jones also predicted a bleak future and said: "I don't see how you can make a lot of money".

Image caption David Overton failed to win any investment from the dragons in an episode shown on Sunday

But prior to filming in April, Mr Overton said he struck up a brief conversation with Mr Constantine on a train, not knowing he was the head of a major high street firm.

He said it started because he was wearing one of his creations as a scarf.

Cosmetics retailer Lush, based in Poole, Dorset, contacted Mr Overton about a week after his ordeal with the Dragons and placed an order.

Mr Constantine said he thought the maps were a "great idea" and "hoped the collaboration would continue".

Mr Overton said: "It means a heap more than the Dragons because here's a guy who believes in the product and knows that he can make a good profit."

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