Louie Wilkinson

Meet the 17-year-old faculty dropout who makes £20,000 promoting customised trainers from his bed room

LOUIE Wilkinson left faculty with just one GCSE after continuously being put in detention for his troublesome behaviour.


However now the 17-year-old has made £20,000 and attracted hundreds of followers on Instagram after he began promoting customised trainers from his bed room.


Louie Wilkinson
Louie Wilkinson sells customised trainers, which he designs in his bed room


The teenager began his enterprise – 1CUSTOMS – three years in the past whereas nonetheless at college.


Louie makes use of his ardour for artwork to create distinctive painted trainers, which he buys at reduce costs after which sells them on for costs starting from £50 as much as £170 a pair.


{The teenager}, who’s from Radcliffe in Higher Manchester, places the designs on his website the place prospects can decide and order a method, after which Louie will make them.


Right now he focuses on trainers, however it began with slider footwear.


Louie Wilkinson
His work has acquired him hundreds of followers of social media


‘I’ve made £20,000 since I began’


He stated: “I began shopping for slider footwear and including my very own designs earlier than promoting them to mates.


“I’d purchase them for about £25 and promote them on for £50 then make investments the cash in supplies.


“I used to be sharing a few of my designs and paintings on Instagram after which somebody messaged me on a promoting platform asking if they may purchase a pair and it went from there.


“I’d say since being at college I’ve made about £20,000.”


Louie, who lives at house along with his mother and father Kelly Hickman, 41 and Eric Wilkinson, 52, stated he was by no means tutorial and felt “totally different” at his highschool.


Louie Wilkinson
He lives along with his mother and father Kelly Hickman and Eric Wilkinson


He even claims he was briefly excluded from lessons after arguing with a instructor who wouldn’t let him promote his trainers within the playground.


However displaying his nostril for enterprise from an early age, Louie would promote sweets and drawings within the playground.


‘I hated faculty as an entire’


Louie stated: “I all the time felt like there was one thing about me that wasn’t regular and that I used to be totally different.


“I used to be too hyper and I couldn’t focus, I wished to be self-made.


“I hated faculty as an entire. I felt like I used to be all the time stepping into bother and acquired blamed for issues. I’d find yourself in detention on a regular basis or isolation.”


He claims his lecturers stated he wasn’t listening, however he most well-liked drawing.


In main faculty, he’d make drawings and promote them for 20p every.


And by highschool, he’d go to the grocery store round 6.30am earlier than faculty to select up sweets and drinks.


He’d then use social media to let folks know what inventory he had, and make £200 per week.


“I acquired plenty of stuff taken off me by the lecturers however that didn’t cease me.


Louie Wilkinson
In main faculty, Louie was promoting his personal drawings for 20p every


‘I used to be actually anxious about my GCSE’s and solely acquired one cross’


“When it got here to my GCSEs, I used to be actually anxious and I did sit a few of them however in my English examination I simply did a drawing. I got here out of college with one GCSE in artwork.


“After I was put in isolation at college I’d sit there and draw. One of many lecturers talked to me about his buddy who was an artist and I began to assume perhaps I may make a dwelling out of it.


“I instructed all my mates at college I used to be going to do it they usually had been like ‘who do you assume you might be? Picasso?’


“However once I’m creating, it’s actually good for the thoughts. You simply focus and there’s nothing else happening.”


Louie makes use of acrylic paint, leather-based, scrap metallic and cash to embellish branded trainers along with his distinctive designs – which embrace spots, paint splatters, galaxy designs and unicorns.


Louie Wilkinson
He sells the personalized trainers for as much as £170 a pair


‘I need to be a millionaire by 30’


{The teenager} – who has one older brother and at present designs the footwear as his full-time job – has loved splashing his earnings on himself however now hopes to speculate the cash he makes in future.


He stated: “Previously, I ended up spending plenty of the cash on myself – on garments or going out with pals.


“Trying again now, I want I’d invested it.


“There’s numerous issues I need to do. I need to be a millionaire by the point I’m 30 and alter society with my artwork.


“I additionally love inside design so would like to get into that.”


Louie Wilkinson
{The teenager} reckons he’s made £20,000 from his enterprise since he began in 2016


Louie’s mum Kelly, a credit score controller, stated: “We’re actually happy with him.


“He by no means loved faculty and didn’t actually slot in however now he’s doing very well. His bed room is his workshop.


“He’s undoubtedly going to be a millionaire. Hopefully he’ll bear in mind us when it occurs.”



Final month, The Solar wrote a few 14-year-old making THOUSANDS from a candle enterprise he began in his bed room.


We’ve additionally revealed how a 13-year-old boy went from washing automobiles in his mother and father’ driveway to working luxurious automobile motor cleansing service – charging as much as £4,000 every.


In the meantime, a schoolboy has constructed a £15,000 a 12 months eBay empire promoting children toys.

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