Fashion-forward family celebrates 30 years in retail

Owners Louise Schneider and Martin Schneider with assistant buyer Jack Schneider.

Owners Louise Schneider and Martin Schneider with assistant buyer Jack Schneider.

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A FAMILY-RUN, independent fashion retailer in Leeds is celebrating 30 years in business.

Accent Clothing, based at the Queens Arcade, marked the occasion with a party and a star-studded fashion show last week.

Harehills-born Martin Schneider set up the shop back in 1984 with just a £4,000 bank loan.

Since then, he has seen the business go from strength to strength and now has a team of 32 staff.

Martin, 54, also works alongside his wife Louise, 52, and son Jack, 24, who works as assistant buyer, in the 6,000sq ft store.

Martin, who now lives in Shadwell, said: “It’s weird to think we’re celebrating our 30th year.

“I can’t believe we have got to where we are now.

“There are hardly any independents left any more but somehow we have managed to stay put.”

Despite the economic downturn and amongst the doom and gloom on the high street, Accent expanded their business last year by incorporating all of the men’s women and children’s departments from across the arcade and into another floor of the store.

Martin attributes Accent’s success to great customer service, knowing the market and sticking to what he does best – selling jeans.

“We’ve got a great following for jeans and we’ve become known as the best designer jeans shop in the industry,” he explained.

To mark their 30th anniversary, the shop is launching its own selection of unique pieces created in collaboration with some of its leading brands.

For more information, visit the website at www.accentclothing.com.

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