Street fash­ion scene fits bet­ter than uni

Heat Plus Cloth­ing founders en­joy suc­cess

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Kieran, 19, added: “We know for a fact that peo­ple our age re­ally like street wear and they don’t know where to get it.

“They would ask us to get things for them and there has been some great peo­ple get­ting

The pals have al­ways had an in­ter­est in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

Kieran says he used to be re­ally into the gym and would make gym T-shirts to sell, and Johnny would record videos at wed­dings and for mu­si­cians – now they have com­bined their skills to get Heat Plus off the ground.

They are keen to help peo­ple their own age get ac­cess to the top brands.

“We know what peo­ple like and are into and what’s on the de­cline and on the up,” said Johnny. “We know how to give peo­ple a fair price and if it sac­ri­fices a bit of profit that’s the way it is. When we were younger we just couldn’t af­ford it.

“You grad­u­ally just learn more and more about it though through shop­ping around, watch­ing videos, go­ing on eBay and go­ing out shop­ping.”

Kieran con­tin­ued: “We want a shop that is trusted and has good prices. We want to keep cus­tomers com­ing back rather than go on­line. We get a good feel­ing help­ing peo­ple out.”

The for­mer St An­drew’s and St Bride’s High School pupils ad­mit that leav­ing univer­sity has been a risk, but they feel that it is now prov­ing to be the right de­ci­sion.

Johnny said: “I re­gret stay­ing in school as long as I did be­cause you are just driven to­wards go­ing to univer­sity. You can take the other op­por­tu­nity to go and start your own busi­ness. It’s not that dif­fi­cult, it’s just not that com­mon.”

Kieran con­tin­ued: “We just fol­lowed the nor­mal pro­gres­sion. Johnny got straight As and I had four As and a B.

“I didn’t even want to go to uni, but I’m glad I did though to try it. It felt like the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion but we weren’t into it.

“It’s about tak­ing the risk. It’s a pretty big thing.”

I re­gret stay­ing in school as long as I did...

Pas­sion for fash­ion Johnny Lit­tle and Kieran Feechan

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