A vintage clothes shop featuring items hand-picked in California is opening in Preston city centre.Advertisement
Hollywood Exports Vintage Clothing Co. is being opened by a team including American TV star Jesse McClure, who found fame in Storage Hunters, and Lisa Pickles, who owns vintage store The Time Train in Clitheroe. The pair met while working on the 2016 Reality-TV show British Treasure, American Gold.
Lisa said: “At The Time Train we mainly sell vinyl and collectibles, but we were thinking of branching out with a dedicated vintage clothes shop. It turned out Jesse was starting to do the same over in America, so that’s when we came up with the idea of him sourcing cool stuff to be shipped over here from where he lives in Los Angeles.
“Usually when shops buy vintage clothing it’ll be in bulk, so they get what they’re given. With Hollywood Exports it’s great because we will have feet on the ground in California, and our team will be hand-selecting pieces of on-trend vintage.
“We’ll be stocking a lot of ’80s and ’90s items with a few varsity and college pieces thrown in, as that’s the look a lot of young people are going for. It’s funny how even the stuff you thought was questionable will come back around in fashion.”
Lisa, who is originally from Leyland, turned to Preston while searching for a location for the new shop after finding Manchester was saturated with vintage stores.
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She said: “We came to take a look around and thought how good Preston is looking at the moment. We spent a few days exploring on foot and ringing around agencies until we found the empty unit beneath the Premier Inn on Fox Street.
“We’re getting the shop ready so we can hopefully start trading in mid-September to tie in with freshers’ week. Our signage is ready to go up, and we’ve had an artist in from Manchester to do some work on the interior walls. One pallet of stock has already arrived in the country and we should have one more before we open.”
New jobs will be created, but one role is already taken – the face of the shop will be Ted the dog.
Lisa also has plans to develop and expand the business. She said: “We want to go online through sites like ASOS and Depop. Our aim is to keep it real and get the public involved in everything we do. We want to use real, eccentric and quirky people, and sites in and around Preston for our modelling and photography.”
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