YOUNG entrepreneurs from across the Borders are emerging after lockdown.

With studies predicting a steep rise in youth unemployment this year, some young people are taking matters into their own hands.

Trystan Andrews, Arran Paterson and Callum Hastings recently launched a clothing business for outdoor wear.

Describing bothy2bothy, the group said: “We always view bothy trips as a method of escape and re-setting our minds.

“We were thankful for this discovery and thought it would be cruel not to share our passion for this magnificent aspect of life.

“Our comfortable clothes will remind you that there is always an option to escape the pressure of the modern world.

“The name bothy2bothy was chosen as it is how we live our life. Simply waiting for the opportunity for another bothy trip.”

Currently, the company sells three T-shirt designs and one jumper design, with the potential for a wider range in the future.

Bothy2bothy came to life after Callum combined his savings with those of Trystan and Arran, both 18. Callum recently turned 19.

When this newspaper asked the group to identify the best thing about running their own business, they replied that they work how and when they choose.

“We don’t need to report to anyone above us because we are all equals in this venture and make every decision as a group.”

They added: “Our advice is to spend time researching all aspects thoroughly before diving straight in.”

Another fashion-minded Borderer is Ellen McFadzen, a 23-year-old from Selkirk.

She had to return home from France when COVID-19 put a stop to her travel plans in March.

However, she has used her spare time to pursue her love of fashion – and she now owns her own business.

LoveNelle offers a made-to-measure range as well as bespoke garments. Ellen makes her own patterns, orders the fabrics, and markets the products.

“I’m quite a hands-on person who wants to do everything myself,” said Ellen. “But my advice to young entrepreneurs is: ‘Don’t be afraid to ask for help’.

“I went into this not knowing how I could turn what I loved doing into a business, but here I am.”

Ellen was taught to sew by her granny and her hobby progressed during lockdown as she documented her style online for her friends and family.

They encouraged her to pursue her sewing dream and turn her needle skills into a business.

Ellen said: “I love clothes that are more flamboyant than those you would traditionally find in stores.

“I want to break through fast fashion and throw-away culture by helping people embrace their quirks and not strive to follow each trend.

“I also want to make clothes that fit people without the stress of meeting standard shop sizes.”