CO-DIRECTOR OF RETAIL STORE ‘ENTREPRENEURS’ ANDY COOKE TALKS BOUNCING BACK FROM FAILURE TO SUCCESS.
Andy Cooke is a 28-year-old independent graphic designer from Staffordshire with a BA in graphic design. He is also an associate lecturer at Staffordshire University for the Advertising & Brand Management award, an artist agent for the RareKind Illustration Agency and one of three directors running the Entrepreneurs Store in Stoke–on–Trent, Staffs.
Entrepreneurs is the catalyst for urban culture within Stoke–on–Trent. It exists as a platform to celebrate urban culture on as many levels as possible — from music to art, fashion and more. It sells premium, branded streetwear that’s grounded in skate, graffiti and urban pastures, as well as graffiti paint and other artist supplies. On the first floor of their building they hold exhibitions from artists of all kinds that hail from around the world, and host workshops from screen printing, sign painting, letterpress printing and more.
We caught up with Andy to find out how it all began and the process behind planning and starting up a retail store: