Ushiwear to pop up in Leeds after £36,000 funding

Ushiwear to pop up in Leeds after £36,000 funding

After a year of rapid expansion Yorkshire-based fashion brand Ushiwear Clothing is setting its sights on further growth and creating sustainable jobs thanks to a £36,000 funding boost.

Established in 2008 by husband and wife team Neil and Jilly Kapusi, the fashion brand will use the funding to open a pop-up store in Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre in early July.

The funding was provided by the RGF Textile Growth Programme, which is promising to create 20,000 jobs in the UK fashion industry by 2020.

Ushiwear, based in the West Yorkshire town of Mirfield, was granted the funding after demonstrating its commitment to both growth and job creation within the sector through its plans to increase local and in-house manufacturing and taking on additional members of staff within a year.

The Trinity Leeds pop-up store will stock a full range of men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and accessories, along with exclusive prints and artwork created by the brand.

Ushiwear co-founder Neil Kapusi said: “We were extremely grateful to have received the funding from the RGF Textile Growth Programme, the past year has been significant in Ushiwear’s growth and we have many plans for further expansion for the remainder of 2016 and beyond.

“The pop-up store in Leeds forming part of the expansion. 

“Leeds is the biggest financial centre outside of London and being a Yorkshire city right on our doorsteps, it’s an extremely important market for us.

“We hope to see a return on investment from the pop-up store and plan to invest in permanent premises in Leeds in the coming years.”


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