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How a Wolverhampton shop owner is helping men, including famous faces, to dress with style

“Ditch the mundane and escape the humdrum” is the motto at Mode Menswear.

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Mark Hodgkiss opened Mode Menswear in 2018

The shop in Tettenhall, which stocks brands including Lambretta, DML Jeans, Cavani, Relco, Only & Sons and Trojan, is owned by Mark Hodgkiss.

He started his career at the age of 16 at Beatties in Wolverhampton and since then has gained 25 years of experience, mainly in men’s fashion.

“I guess I’d always had a dream to open my own menswear shop and do things exactly my way.

“Working in the industry for many years really helped me to understand what modern consumers were looking for, what kind of shopping environment was needed and what products were called for.

“Right from the beginning my focus was to be different and not to follow or copy other shops but to be fiercely independent and put our customers at the heart of the business,” says the 41-year-old.

Mark originally opened his own shop in Codsall in 2018 before moving the business to its current location in Limes Court in 2019.

Mark outside his shop in Limes Court, Tettenhall

“I am so pleased at how the shop looks from its awesome red cedar wood fixtures and royal blue shop front to its bespoke panelled wall that was installed by a shop-fit company that works with the likes of Harrods, Selfridges, Pandora and Harvey Nichols.

“We are surrounded by independent family-owed businesses and a vibrant mix of shops. We love being part of the local community in Tettenhall,” he tells Weekend.