Briony Gorton, young owner of an internationally successful fashion label and Instagram ‘influencer’, is set to open her first boutique in her hometown of Burnley

And the 26-year-old is thrilled to open her first-ever boutique in her hometown next week. Based in the Burnley town center shopping centre, the countdown is on for the official opening of Talliah Rose next Friday.

Briony said: “It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time and there could be no other place than Burnley for my first shop.

“I’m proud of my roots, this city means a lot to me and I’m so excited to bring my brand, Talliah Rose, here.”

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Briony Gorton is to open her first store for her fashion brand Talliah Rose in her hometown of Burnley

Today, Briony’s online apparel and swimwear business is an international success with 211,000 followers on Instagram coupled with the 223,000 followers Briony has on her own personal account.

Briony’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident when she visited garage sales with her grandparents when she was six years old. She quickly learned the art of bartering for goods and by the age of 13 she was asking her mother, Tina, to buy items on eBay which she would sell for a profit. When she earned £700 from her small business aged 13, the writing was on the wall for Briony’s future success.

A former Burnley College student, Briony’s business took off when she bought £100 worth of fabric and had a seamstress design her bikini. The bespoke bikini, embellished with Swarovski crystals, sold on fashion site depop and within six months Briony had made £100,000 by the age of 20.

Briony dropped out of college to focus on building her business which she runs with her mother. Papa Mick also helps with the business.

Briony pictured in her shop in Burnley which opens next week

Briony was devastated when people started taking her designs and selling discounted copies made in China, but she couldn’t do anything because she hadn’t filed a patent on them.

She didn’t let that stop her and started looking for factories and suppliers of clothes and shoes. She now has suppliers all over the world and her own warehouse in Accrington. And Briony is as proud of her warehouse as she is of her new store.

Briony said: “I couldn’t have done this without my parents, they supported me through everything and my mum is my rock and keeps me grounded which is vital in this business.

“I don’t come from a wealthy family, but we got together and worked hard to make my business a success. I’m proud of that.”

Briony in front of her warehouse in Accrington

Several investors have tried unsuccessfully to become part of Talliah Rose, but Briony is fiercely protective of her brand.

As a well-known Instagram “influencer”, Briony is inundated with messages from young girls complimenting her on her beauty and style.

She said: “It’s important to me to get the message across that images on social media are just that, an image, and that people can portray themselves however they want.

“Also, I work hard in my business, a lot of people don’t realize that, they only see the glamorous side of it.

“I want young women and girls to see if they work hard they can achieve their dreams no matter where they come from.”


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