Festival fever in Fruit Market as Poorboy Boutique opens with fire breathers and stilt walkers

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Apr 2017

Carnival fever will be sweeping through Humber Street this weekend thanks to the opening of Poorboy Boutique's new shop.

The Hull-based independent vintage fashion brand is on Saturday marking the launch of its new outlet with a day of entertainment, featuring local artists, musicians and more.

Fire breathers, stilt walkers and festival makeovers will be on the cards, together with vintage hair pin-ups and performances from Hull rap artist Chiedu Oraka.

There will also be the chance for guests to have their Dr Martens customised, pick up a customised t-shirt or refresh their wardrobe with some unique vintage togs.

Poorboy Boutique is owned by husband and wife team Riccardo and Angela Seaton.

Riccardo said: "This is the perfect time for us to invest in the Fruit Market. It's a super cool area with its own unique identity. Every building in Humber Street has its own history and story to tell – just like our clothes.

"These are really exciting times for the Fruit Market – you can see the changes happening all around. Fashion, especially vintage clothing, naturally connects with art, music and culture. Humber Street is all about individuality and that's what we're about too.

"Poorboy Boutique specialises in original brand classics such as Barbour, Burberry, Adidas and Levi, with the Poorboy team giving timeless vintage pieces "a new lease of life".

Pre-loved and unwanted garments are collected from all over the world and remastered into unique items of clothing.

As well as having a loyal following locally, the business also has online customers from as far afield as Russia, Japan and the United States.

Poorboy Boutique will be the first new retail offering to open in the heart of the Fruit Market as the area becomes established as a shopping and leisure destination.

Angela said: "It's an amazing opportunity for us to open in Humber Street and to be the first retailer to be part of the exciting regeneration of the Fruit Market.

"This is the cultural hub of Hull, it's where tourists visit, where big events take place and people come to socialise. This location gives us the opportunity to put our own individual stamp on the shop.

"It will look amazing and we believe it will attract other retailers. We hope this will be the stepping stone for us to expand to other cities around the country."

The celebrations take place on Saturday, from 10.30am until 6pm.

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