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End of road for Brighton indie

Brighton streetwear independent One40Five Store has closed after more than 10 years of trading, due to financial problems after mass-market retailers moved into the seaside city.

The retailer sold men's and women's styles from the likes of Penfield, Stussy and Maharishi. The Sydney Street store led the way in Brighton in terms of streetwear, but it is thought that cash flow problems brought about its demise.

In May last year, owner Ed Birch said in local media that trading at the store during the first half of the year had been the toughest ever for the business, blamed on the influx of mass-market fashion players and non-specialist clothing retailers into Brighton.

One40Five Store also ran a website, which included a radio station and visitors' blog, for three years prior to the collapse.

The boss of one streetwear brand said the closure was a blow, because Birch had tried everything to diversify. "Ed was such a nice guy and didn't ignore the problems. One40Five Store was one of the most exciting retailers in the country," he said.

Birch was unavailable for comment.

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