New independent store, Fabrix, has opened in Friars Walk. The store stocks top men’s designer brands such as Stone Island, Dsquared, Dolce & Gabbana & Givency alongside independent brands including Terrace Cult & Mercier. The new store is being launched by local men Dan Ronan, Liam Webb, Dom White, Ashley Jeffries and Jordan Evans. Founder, Dan Ronan, used to play for Cardiff City & Newport County; following his stint playing football, Dan moved into fashion & marketing, previously supplying ASOS & Foot Asylum, before launching Fabrix online back in May 2020. During the pandemic the online business thrived, which led Dan to look at opportunities to open a store in the city centre.

Dan said: ‘The past year has been a huge challenge for us all and, while you might imagine that designer clothing sales may have dipped due to people not being able to go out, in fact we saw quite the opposite, with our online sales increasing 900% in the first 6 months. Being local, I have always been keen to have a store in the city, and the last few months have been a frenzy of activity, getting the unit prepped ready for launch. For me, it’s all about helping others, and we’d encourage any up and coming brands to get in touch, as we’d like to help debut new lines through the store, as well as our online shop.’