Former Students Aim to Bring Back Unique Clothing

By Claire Walker

Huddersfield is now home to an exclusive designer women’s clothes shop with the opening of HNGR last week on King Street, opposite the Lord Wilson Wetherspoon’s, only a short walk from the University campus. The dress shop is the brainchild of former Huddersfield University student Lee Reed and Leeds student Stephen O’Callaghan.

The HNGR launch was a wonderful way to see the store settling right into the heart of Huddersfield, and after speaking to Stephen we learnt what his motivation was behind it all.


“I’ve been looking to open my own business for years now, with the recession and businesses closing every day it’s never been a good time. However recently we’ve seen a change in the retail market and trends show a return to the high street.”

This, accompanied with his background in fashion design, having worked on brands such as Aqua Couture in Leeds, means we are all in for an absolute treat.

After spending the evening at the opening launch party inside the store, which was a night filled with clothes, prosecco and live music from DJs, I can assure you that if you take a visit, you will not be disappointed.


Looking inside HNGR you’ll see industrial steel rails holding designer fabrics that will take your breath away. The back is sectioned by a large piece of floating glass behind which you’ll find some of their unique limited edition brands such as Native Youth, The Fifth, Religion and C/EMO.

What’s more, HNGR will be offering all students 10% off everything, making limited edition designer wear affordable.

To see a small sample of what’s on offer visit the website or visit the shop on King Street to see for yourself!

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