Tie-dye teen seeing stars with designs

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A young designer who can count American music artists Azelia Banks and Miley Cyrus among his client list is celebrating the opening of his flagship store.

At just 17-years-old, Long-Eaton-born Dhillan Bhardwaj has already become an established tie-dye designer and saw more than 1,000 people attend the opening of his store, Ratchet Clothing, on Wilsthorpe Road in Long Eaton,

He’s now given up a photography course to focus on his business, which has reported more than £1 million in turnover. However the teenager is modest about his success.

“Money doesn’t phase me, I’m not one to brag as it’s more the success of my designs that I am proud of and seeing my hard work pay off,” he said.

After getting bored working for his father’s car dealership, Binder’s ESP Cars, which sits next door to Ratchet Clothing, Dhillan thought he’d take it upon himself to try and design a T-shirt which would make him a bit of extra cash.

The consequences could never have been predicted as friends and fellow pupils at his school in Derby began asking about it.

“That’s when I decided to make a Facebook page,” he explained.

“I made my first sale in November 2012 and I just carried on, creating more designs with the demand.”

The designer now has almost 18,000 followers on Twitter and more than 200,000 likes on Facebook employing a team of 15, while working alongside two other designers.

The teenager now has plans to move to London later this year to expand his business further.