A YOUNG East Lancashire entrepreneur, whose online business generates over £2m a year, opened her first high street store this weekend – and we’ve got the pictures.
Briony Gorton opened her Burnley boutique, Talliah Rose, to the public on Saturday (March 27) and hundreds of people visited over the weekend.
Addressing the Lancashire TelegraphBriony said: “It was absolutely amazing – Saturday was crazy and I was so overwhelmed with the support we received.
“At one point we couldn’t have anyone else in the store because we wouldn’t have been able to get around.
“I’m really happy with how it’s going right now.”
As her business continues to grow and she plans to dominate big cities like Manchester, Briony says her flagship store in Burnley will always remain “the most important”.
Briony, who worked at nearby River Island, said: ‘I will never forget opening weekend and it will always be the most important store no matter where we open.
“It’s a shop you can visit and you know you can find a last minute outfit for a night out.”
Briony describes the store as ‘luxurious yet affordable’ and thinks it is the perfect addition to Burnley’s high street.
She said: “I wanted to provide a luxury experience at an affordable price. People can walk in and buy dresses for £22 and you can’t really do that anywhere but Primark or New Look.
“Every week we will have new stock. Every time someone comes on Saturday you know there will be something new to browse.”
Briony said her family are proud of their business after coming to see the store for themselves over the weekend.
She even got a visit from some of her social media influencer friends, including Rosie Williams who appeared on season four of Love Island.
Talliah Rose has amassed 211,000 Instagram followers while Briony herself has achieved “influencer” status on her personal account, with 223,000 followers.
Briony said some of her fans even made it to the store.
She said: “I brought in a young fan on Sunday who started crying.
“She said she had a moment of revelation reading my story and now thinks she can follow her dreams – she was screaming.
“I don’t see myself as an ‘influencer’ and I don’t feel different from others, but it’s so nice to be an inspiration to young people.”
While the store has only been open for a few days, Briony thinks they will have to move to a bigger store if business continues to boom.
She said: “We’ve only been open for three days but I already think I’ll need a bigger store in the next 12 months if we continue as we are as it gets crowded quite quickly .”
Going forward, she plans to expand her clothing line to include plus size and maternity clothes and she currently stocks sizes 4-16.
Briony is a self-taught entrepreneur who started Talliah Rose when she was 20 years old.
She managed to turn £100 into £100,000 in just six months after turning fabric into bikinis.
Briony said she knew she wanted a career in the buying and selling industry from a young age.
She said: “When I was younger, six or seven, my grandparents started taking me to car pits. This is where it all really started for me, as I was bartering at such a young age.
“I loved the atmosphere and the adrenaline that comes with reselling for profit.
“So I knew that I had always wanted to be in the buying and selling industry.”
At 13, she was buying designer clothes on eBay at low prices, washing them, restyling them and reselling them for a profit.
She said: “I remember once I won around £700 – I was only at school and didn’t even have a phone… I think my passion started from there. ”
13 years later, Briony’s online business generates around £2million a year and the Burnley College alum shows no signs of stopping.
She says the Burnley store is the first and last urban store she will open as she looks to big cities, like Manchester, in the future.
She said: “Going forward, we will branch out into cities. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have opened a store or two in town – Burnley will be the only town in which I will open a store.
Talliah Rose is located at The Mall shopping center in Burnley town centre, opposite Clintons.