Its three-floor shop at 9-11 Call Lane, opened in 1997 by brothers Mick and Jeff Barnett, has serviced generations of vintage lovers and was the beginning of a business that quickly became known nationwide.
They also regularly appear at music festivals and haven’t missed a single Leeds Fest aside from the cancelled festival in 2020, and also have provided clothes as concessions in Topshop and Urban Outfitters.
But rising rent rates at the shop and the ongoing development of the Corn Exchange earlier have forced the brothers to give up their lease.
They emptied the premises on Tuesday.
Mick Barnett, 49, said: “It’s been weird, and me and my brother had a cuddle. We were first in and last out.
“25 years ago, in the vintage scene there was just us and one other person. It was a much bigger scene in Manchester.
“The clothes back then - you could get 60s stuff, 70s stuff, 80s stuff - the quality of the sportswear was great.
“There was just so much in circulation. But clothes now are more ‘used’. I wouldn’t even call it all vintage.
“But we still find rare gems. We sort through four or five tonnes of clothing a week in our warehouse in Armley, the odd 60s stuff - but we buy a lot more 80s and 90s stuff now.”
The inspiration for the business came from the brothers’ lack of funds to buy new clothes while they were teenagers.
Mr Barnett said: “When we were 18, 19, we were skint. You could go into a charity shop and find a decent T-shirt.
“It was born from that, and my brother ended up selling in a used clothing shop, then we started doing markets.”
They are planning to open a new store in Newcastle in the coming months.