Jo Wanner and her partner James Fenwick, from Trad Collective Ltd.
(L - R): Jo Wanner and her partner James Fenwick, from Trad Collective Ltd.

Sustainable fashion retailer expands into ‘premium’ Leeds Vicar Lane scheme

Town Centre Securities PLC has announced the opening date for the latest brand set to join its ‘premium’ Vicar Lane scheme in the heart of Leeds, Trad Collective Ltd.

A sustainable clothing and lifestyle products retailer, Trad Collective Ltd will open on December 10. This addition to the Yorkshire retail landscape promises an ‘enhanced shopping experience’ and a wider selection of second-hand clothing and locally-made lifestyle products from independent brands.

Originally established in Headingley, Trad Collective Ltd has chosen the central location of Vicar Lane to expand its footprint, offering a larger space to showcase its range of sustainable clothing and lifestyle goods. The retailer’s services include tailoring, mending, alterations, upcycling, and made-to-order clothing.

Jo Wanner, one of the co-founders and directors, expressed her enthusiasm for this new venture: “We are incredibly excited to open our doors at Vicar Lane. Our aim has always been to make sustainable and stylish choices accessible to everyone, and this new store gives us the opportunity to take that mission to the next level.

“We look forward to providing a diverse selection of sustainable products, showcasing local artisans and creating a vibrant community of conscious consumers.”

Charles Newman, Associate Director for Owners of Vicar Lane, Town Centre Securities PLC, added: “We are delighted to welcome Trad Collective Ltd to Vicar Lane. Their unique approach to sustainable fashion aligns with our commitment to provide diverse and innovative offerings to the city’s discerning shoppers.”

Trad Collective Ltd will initially be run by Jo Wanner and her partner, James Fenwick. Jo has a background in fashion design, while James, formerly a physics teacher, has joined the business full-time to support its growth. The store currently has two employees, with plans to hire one or two part-time staff members after the grand opening.

The new 1,840 sq ft store operates over two floors of retail space and now offers more room to accommodate a broader range of independent brands and second-hand clothing. To celebrate the opening, Trad Collective Ltd will host an opening party, with further details to be announced.

This latest addition to Vicar Lane, Leeds reinforces the growth of sustainable fashion and the importance of supporting local independent businesses, promoting a more conscious and ethical approach to consumer choices. Trad Collective Ltd’s presence at Vicar Lane is a significant step towards a more sustainable and fashion-forward future.

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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