A business man has made the leap from the online world to the high street after his clothing store proved a hit with shoppers.
Luke Taylor, 25, set up an online business selling designer men’s clothes from his bedroom 18 months ago while working in a call centre for a bank.
The company, Savy Menswear, quickly went from strength to strength - so much so that Luke was able to leave his job and concentrate solely on the business.
Now, in stark contrast to many established high street brands which are deserting Britain’s high streets, Luke has opened his first shop on Town Hall Street in Sowerby Bridge.
“There were a few reasons why I needed to have a shop on the high street,” said Luke.
“I needed to be able to hold more stock, but also it has allowed me to grow the business by attracting bigger brands.
“When I was solely online I proved I had a customer base and now I’ve got some big brands which are exclusive to me in this area.
Fred Perry, Luke 1988 and Lacoste Live are all amongst the brands who will now supply Luke because he has the shop.
Now he wants to expand with more shops in the north of England - and said there is nothing to stop Savy becoming the next ASOS.
“My advice to people is to find something that you’re interested and then make your own business,” he said.
“If you work for yourself you reap the rewards of hard work rather than someone else.
“I found that big businesses get 120 per cent out of you for minimum wage, but you don’t need to rely on the banks for a job if you can go and find your own work in an area you’re interested in,” he said.