Tessies Fruit Market
Owner Nicola Gibbons (right) with manager Anna Carter inside Tessies which has just opened on Humber Street, in the heart of Hull’s Fruit Market.
Rebecca Wayman

The indie fashion boutique giving Hull's Fruit Market community a quirky spin

Independent fashion boutique Tessies has opened its doors in Hull’s Fruit Market coinciding with the launch of its spring/summer collection.

Tessies is the latest retailer to join the creative Fruit Market community, bringing its collection of womenswear, jewellery and accessories to the waterfront area.

The boutique has relocated from premises on Newland Avenue in Hull into a new, larger unit in Humber Street in the regenerated Fruit Market quarter, joining existing fashion independents, 19point4 and Poorboy Boutique.

Tessies’ owner, Nicola Gibbons, said: “This is a new chapter for Tessies. It’s our 10th year and we’re so excited to be on Humber Street surrounded by creative businesses and galleries - we’re now in an environment where we feel we can grow.

“Our fashion style will complement our neighbours at 19point4 and Poorboy Boutique perfectly. We all offer something a bit different so customers can visit Humber Street and come away with some exciting fashion finds.”

Tessies stocks labels such as Parisian brands Daphnea and Sophyline, and London labels Goldkid and Nova - both in store and online.

Hull’s Fruit Market is reportedly being transformed by Wykeland Beal, the regeneration company formed by commercial developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes. This is part of the Fruit Market LLP joint venture with Hull City Council.

Tom Watson, development surveyor for Wykeland, speaking on behalf of Wykeland Beal, added: “Independent retail is a key part of our live, work and play vision for the Fruit Market, so we’re delighted to see another local retailer open its doors.

“All the long-established and new businesses that make up the Fruit Market commercial community are very different, but what they have in common is a passion for the area and its unique character.

“That passion is reflected in the experience enjoyed by the ever-growing numbers of people who visit the Fruit Market to shop, socialise and spend their leisure time.”

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