New Stomp-ing Ground A Run-away Success
When Barry Allen lost his job, he gained a new passion that he has converted into a burgeoning new business.
The Newtown man returned to work from holidays to find his position had been made redundant. Within 24 hours, he was unemployed. Freed from a sedentary desk job and with free time, Mr. Allen joined a friend’s running group.
“At this stage I could barely run for five minutes without needing to stop,” he said.
“Over the next few months I started dropping clothing sizes, so much that I had to keep buying smaller running gear. I discovered while shopping for sportswear, that it can get very expensive and I struggled to find styles that I liked.”
After weeks of research, countless advice and a crash courses in fabric and design, Mr. Allen’s new family business, Stomp Apparel, was born.
“Our son Matt is studying marketing at Deakin University and he came up with the name and the logo. He also helped design some of the pieces in the men’s range.”
His wife Linda, who also helped with some of the designs, looks after dispatches and marketing.
Since the career change, Mr. Allen has dropped three clothing sizes, competed in an Olympic-length triathlon and is now training for his second half-marathon.
With Stomp Apparel in full swing, he says he’s amazed how far his venture has gone with exports now to all parts of the world.
Thank you to geelongadvertiser.com.au and Glenn Ferguson for the photo.