TWO Wearside teenagers have opened a clothes shop in Sunderland to try and inject their own sense of style into the city centre.
Harry Adamson, 17, and Preston Brown, 18, opened their store Port Independent in Thomas Street this week.
The friends, from Fulwell, Sunderland, have spent the last month preparing for the shop to open by saving up money from their regular jobs.
Harry had to work 40 hours per week at Next to get his share of the money to start the business, which sells vintage items and their own range “Simple Clothing”.
Preston works as a graphic designer and set up website, also called Port Independent, to sell clothes online.
Harry said: “I think most young people in Sunderland tend to go to Newcastle for clothes. I know we do. We just wanted to do something different and create something in Sunderland for people like us.
“We’ve been friends for a long time and have always been into business.
“We’re just two young lads who decided to just give it a try. We’re quite optimistic. We wanted to show that young people can do positive things too.”
The pals were inspired to open the independent shop after seeing local band Frankie and The Heartstrings open their own city centre record store Pop Recs Ltd in Fawcett Street.
Fellow Sunderland band Lilliput have also branched out into business, opening Holmeside Coffee in music venue Independent.
Preston added: “We thought Sunderland didn’t have much to offer to people in terms of style, and we wanted to bring something new to the city.
“We’ve got a lot of hard work to do, but we think this could be a good thing for Sunderland.” The pair have teamed up with pals Lorna-Jade Myers and Dayna-Jo Conley who have opened their own clothes shop PussyDoll Palace in the same unit.
For more information, visit www.portindependent.co.uk.