Global success for young Rutland entrepreneurs

Louis Rawlings and Jack Cornes with one of their Jay Sea Clothing't-shirts. Photo courtesy of Alan Walters.
Louis Rawlings and Jack Cornes with one of their Jay Sea Clothing't-shirts. Photo courtesy of Alan Walters.

Two budding young entrepreneurs from Rutland have successfully started their own clothing business which is receiving orders from across the world.

Oakham School sixthformers, Jack Cornes, 16, from Lyddington and Louis Rawlings, 16, from Uppingham are receiving orders from Australia, America, South Africa and Argentina, to name a few, for their new clothing brand Jay Sea Clothing.

Jack, who had the original idea for the business which he launched during the summer, joined forces with his friend Louis after being flooded with orders on his website for his tie-dye inspired apparel which he produces himself.

The business which initially started in the ‘playground’ with Jack selling tie-dye T-shirts to his friends at Oakham School, is now turning over a profit, which the two business partners have invested back into the business.

Both Jack and Louis have invested their own money into the business, which initially started as an £80 investment which Jack borrowed from his parents. He’s now repaid that initial loan.

Now the pair are turning over a profit, they are using it to continue buying new stock for their website and to invest in new marketing strategies such as paid for advertising on Twitter and Facebook.

Both Jack and Louis are currently studying their A-levels at Oakham School.

Jack said: “I’ve always had entrepreneurial spirit. I started the business just as a small start up, so it’s really exciting to see how much it has grown in such a short space of time.”

The brand Jay Sea Clothing, inspired by outdoor sports including surfing and skateboarding, offers ‘designer street wear’ for young adults and sells a range of T-shirts, hoodies and socks, all designed by the two sixth formers.

The boys purchase the apparel from a wholesaler and then add their own designs to the products, including tie-dye and the Jay Sea Clothing logo, which they then go on to sell online.

Jack said: “I’ve always liked tie-dye and the designs were popular with my friends - so I though it definitely had potential.”

Louis, who has previously studied art at school, helps to create the products with Jack, in response to the large increase in the number of orders the pair are receiving.

Looking towards the future, Jay Sea Clothing has already had an offer from a surf shop in the Channel Islands which is interested in stocking their apparel.

Both Jack and Louis hope to continue running the business, but are both currently focusing on their studies and applying for University.

Jack said: “I’m hoping to study engineering at University, but depending on how well the business goes I might end up choosing to study business.”

“Both of my parents have their own businesses, so it must run in the family. It’s fairly nerve wracking that we’re only 16 years old and already gaining a large amount of profit from this.”

To find out more about the Jay Sea Clothing brand and to make a purchase you can visit the website at jayseaclothing.bigcartel.com.

You can also follow the Jay Sea Clothing Instagram account at instagram.com/jayseaclothing.