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A Middlesbrough mother has joined forces with the town’s Dundas Market to provide a flying start to her daughter’s working life by opening a ladies’ fashion outlet.

Seventeen-year-old Lydia Khan has opened Lydia’s Closet to sell fashion aimed at young customers.

Like lots of teenagers she has always been interested in fashion, so her mum Jenna has helped her open the shop selling ladies clothes, shoes and jewellery.

Lydia’s Closet will initially sell fashion aimed at young customers, but the plan is to increase its range to suit all ages and sizes.  Once the business is established Lydia would also like to expand her collection so that it caters for plus sizes as there is currently a shortage of availability and choice.

“It’s been a long held dream of mine to have my own fashion shop and thanks to my mum and the Dundas Market, I’ve achieved it,” says Lydia Khan.

Through its business creation and growth scheme, Middlesbrough’s Dundas Market – part of the town’s Dundas Shopping Centre – was the ideal place to open Lydia’s Closet.

The market’s manager David Harris says: “Our enterprise initiative helps entrepreneurs try out their business ideas while minimising costs and risks.  We have a limited number of Enterprise Units available, where the rent is as little as £10 per day all in. There is just the rent to pay, no worries about costs for security, utilities and rates. 

Lydia’s Closet is the third new tenant in Dundas Market this month (June 2018), following hard on the heels of The Little Vegan Market and Pierre’s Unisex Hair Salon and Barbers.

David continues: “We help businesses get off the ground in those all-important early months of trading.  Our market traders work together and we are building clusters of ladies’ fashion, health and beauty and food businesses.  We’ve placed Lydia’s Closet next to Ebenezer’s Bag Boutique to help both traders with cross selling.

“We still have a few units available, especially for traders looking to sell toys, music/games/books or fruit and veg.  But, we are always interested to hear from people with an idea for a new business, or who are looking to open a second outlet for their existing business,” says David. 

Lydia’s Closet can be found in unit 10A in Dundas Market and contacted via or via Instagram page Lydias__closet12.

Further information about units in Dundas Market is available from David Harris on tel. 01642 232552 or by email:

Picture captions: Lydia Khan in Lydia’s closet.