University graduates have opened a youth clothes shop on one of Huddersfield’s busiest streets.
Business partners and couple Stephen O’Callaghan and Lee Reed, both 31, have realised their dream of opening women’s “catwalk fashion” store HNGR (Hanger) in front of House of Fraser and opposite the Lord Wilson Wetherspoons on King Street.
Local and Australian fashion brands are at the heart of the shop, which include those of Stephen’s, who trained as a fashion designer in Leeds.
His and Lee’s aim, who studied marketing and product design at Huddersfield University , is to provide a space for local designers to sell their wares while offering affordable stylish clothing to young people.
Speaking about the shop, Lee said: “It’s been something we’ve been planning for a while.
“Stephen studied fashion design at Leeds University had been selling menswear online but wanted to have his own shop.
“It’s quite difficult for young designers to do that though because of the cost involved - it takes balls to do it and you really need a financial backer and plan like we did.
“We started looking in Leeds but decided that Huddersfield was more up and coming and affordable and it’s high streets are improving.
“We found that this shop was empty and it was in the perfect place for us so we got it.
“We’ve had a couple of busy months totally renovating it ourselves before we could open.”
Lee talked about why they chose certain brands.
“Since we opened it’s been going really well.
“We sell things that look different to what you find in high street shops.
“Along with Stephen’s brand, also named HNGR, we sell Joloby from Huddersfield and also Australian brands such as Native Youth, The Fifth and C/EMO.
“We came across these while travelling in Asia then in Europe and think it would be a good idea for other young designers to go to them to get ideas.
“Some are very affordable so they appeal to young people while others are a bit more expensive which are aimed at people in their 30s.
“And any student visiting will get a permanent 10 per cent discount to make the clothes more affordable still.”
Huddersfield Town player William Boyle was a guest at the official opening of the store.