A Leeds businessman is having to start from scratch after £30,000 worth of stock that he had spent five years building up was stolen from his lock-up.
Remie Bitton-Price is known amongst city fashionistas as ‘the trainer guy’ and has built a cult following online and at his pop-up stalls for vintage and sports clothing with celeb clients including Love Island stars and instagram fitness models.
But the founder of Origin Fifty Two returned to his lock up in Pudsey last week to find 400 pairs of shoes and 700 other items of clothing, which had an estimated retail value of £60,000, were gone.
He said: “I have been followed or it might be someone I have sold to in the past. They have driven in and used a still-saw to cut the lock off and emptied the lock-up in an hour.
“I kept the stuff at my mum’s for two years and thought it would be safe in a lock up.”
He has since been unable to sell his wares through e-bay or at pop-ups in the independent store Best Leeds.
The 26-year-old said: “I have had to take my e-bay site down because I have no items and can’t do the pop-ups.
“I have always kept prices fair and got rare and sought-after items and this is what has ended up happening.”
The theft has been reported to the police and Mr Bitton-Price, of Alwoodley, said he had had many messages of support.
He added: “They will never keep me down. I have been in this for too long and I am really passionate about trainers.
“It is not just about the money, it is something that I really enjoy. People know me as the trainer guy.”