It seems that England star Tom Carson isn’t just making an impact on the hockey world stage. The current England international is also setting trends at UK universities with his bespoke clothing range.
And his company, Young Ones, has been put on the map thanks to an appearance on hit TV show Dragons’ Den, in which budding entrepreneurs pitch for investment from four real-life millionaires.
Unlike many that appear on the show, Tom proved successful, earning a £75,000 investment from businessman Duncan Bannatyne, owner of the Bannatyne Health Club chain.
“It’s been manic the past few days”, said the 23 year old, speaking to This Is West Country journalist Michael Marsh. “I had a graduate job until Friday but I had to give it up. I’m so glad I don’t have that at the moment because it would be too much. It’s pretty tough juggling this and hockey but it had been manageable up until now. I’m hoping it will smooth out.”
Set up with good friend Chris Rea while at Exeter University, the duo have created a growing brand among Britain’s youth.
The Young Ones specialises in customised onesies – an all-in-one jumpsuit – but also makes jumpers, hats, sunglasses and other clothing.
Tom, who is already celebrating a sensational year following his first international hockey caps and goals with England, said some weird and wonderful orders have already been placed since starting up.
“Somebody wanted a Formula One-style costume onesie and we’re currently in the process of designing a tuxedo version,” said Tom. “Skittles have also asked us to do something. We can do pretty much anything with a onesie.”
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Source Material: This Is West Country
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