PSYCHE is inviting guests to help celebrate the VIP opening of its new £500,000 extension.

Being held on Thursday 8th December from 6pm – 8:30pm at the Linthorpe Road department store, the event will bring together Tees Valley’s top business people, customers and representatives from the high-end brands sold at Psyche.

The Lord Lieutenant Mr Barry Dodd CBE will perform the official opening at 6.30pm.

The evening will also provide networking and Christmas shopping opportunities and the chance to tour the new extension. Drinks and canapes will be available together with lots of offers and giveaways and entertainment from a live jazz band and former X Factor singer Keira Weathers.

Psyche offers an instore and online shopping experience with its hand-picked selection of well over 200 established brands and emerging designers includes the likes of Moncler, Dries Van Noten, Paul Smith, Aquascutum, Armani and many more.

Psyche has also attracted many plaudits from the fashion industry and has won a string of awards along the way, including the much coveted Drapers Fashion Awards on two separate occasions, FHM magazine’s Retailer of the Year, GQ Magazine’s Best Menswear Shop and runner up to Harrods in Department Store of the Year 2012.

Steve Cochrane, owner of Psyche, said “We are very proud to be a Tees Valley business, creating jobs and investing in the local economy.

“We’ve thrown open our doors to show off our new extension, which will facilitate growing sales, particularly online. It will provide an excellent opportunity for informal networking and also a spot of exclusive pre-Christmas shopping.

“We will also be supporting the MFC Foundation by raising money during the evening. It’s a fantastic organisation that does a lot of good work around the region, and as a partner of Middlesbrough Football Club, in addition to providing the players’ suits, we are proud to back its good work.”