Spring Bank's best-known trader on why street's bad reputation is completely wrong

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Feb 2019

A Spring Bank shop owner has said business is “thriving” in the street, as he celebrates 10 successful years of trading.

David Okwesia, who runs Urban Trendz, opened the clothing shop in 2009 at the height of the recession, but has seen his gamble pay off.

Today, the shop has transformed into a community hub in Spring Bank, complete with a portable recording studio giving young artists a space to hone their music.

Mr Okwesia said business in Spring Bank has never looked better, with the number of empty shops at the lowest in his memory, and a strong community to support them.

“Spring Bank has had plenty of bad publicity over the years, and it’s true it has had its problems with things like street drinking,” he said.

David Okwesia, owner of Urban Trendz, is this year celebrating 10 year of business in Spring Bank (kwoolhouse)

“But the police have done a good job of tackling the problem, and most of the shops along here now are occupied.

“I started Urban Trendz ten years ago, with the help of a grant aimed at supporting black communities, and over time it has become a hub in the area.

“Everyone knows who I am now, they know my door is always open, and it has become more than a place where people can come and buy clothes.”

Urban Trendz sells a variety of clothing lines, from hip-hop and emo styles, to Rasta and urban fashion.

David Okwesia, owner of Urban Trendz, is this year celebrating 10 year of business in Spring Bank (kwoolhouse)

It also recently launched its Beats Bus Community Studio at the back of the shop – a portable music studio which can be packed down and moved around the city.

To mark 10 years of business in Hull, Urban Trendz has also unveiled its new website ( www.urbantrendz.co.uk ).

Mr Okwesia said: “It was definitely a gamble launching the business when I did, but I have really enjoyed my 10 years in Spring Bank.

“I’ve done a lot of work around Hull in both music and graffiti, and fashion and art compliments each other well. Hull’s graffiti scene has grown rapidly, and I think Banksy helped that a lot.

Watch: A look at Hull's Persian bakery in Spring Bank

“In the next few months I am looking at introducing some new clothing aimed at under 10s. We have lots of parents coming in who want to dress their children up in the fashion, but there is not much choice around in Hull at the moment.”

Mr Okwesia said Spring Bank’s shopping scene was supported by a selection of good restaurants.

“The value for money down here is excellent. You can go around the corner to the Avenues, and pay double or even triple the price,” he said.

“It’s a good time for Spring Bank. I always wanted to create something in the street, and I feel like I am getting there with that now."

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