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Fashion designer realises dream

A Shropshire fashion designer has realised her lifelong dream by opening a shop in the county town.

Nina Mooney made the bold decision to sell her home to invest in retail premises in the centre of Shrewsbury featuring her original brand.

“It has always been my ambition to create a range of clothing and sell this in my own shop - I cannot believe I have achieved it,” said Nina, who now runs Slogunz Studio in Roushill Bank, just off Pride Hill.

Her business specialises in custom-made garments and accessories which ‘tell a story’.

“We turn classic clothing items such as t-shirts, shirts, hoodies and sweatpants into cherished belongings which are individualised with inspirational words and quotes – either emblazoned on the front, written discreetly on a draw cord or hidden inside, by the heart,” said Nina, who is a former top fashion student whose final year collection was chosen to be showcased with Stella McCartney.

She is helped in the Slogunz business by daughters Izzy (a model and graphic designer, working on typography and print artworks), and Grace, who is behind the photography and styling for their fashion shoots.

“Together we share a passion for fashion, art and self-expression and so far our designs have been well-received as they are unique, as well as being practical and stylish,” said Nina, who downsized her home to enable her to take a three-year lease on the retail premises.

In addition, she has purchased a range of equipment such as heat presses, vinyl cutters, industrial embroidery machines and transfer printers to enable to same-day turnaround for her products, which include bags and key rings.

Customers can also request their own photographs or designs to be printed onto her clothing and Nina is developing ranges aimed at niche sectors such as the cycling and equestrian markets.