AN ONLINE clothing brand favoured by footballers Lionel Messi, Roberto Firmino and Luis Suarez is to open its first “bricks and mortar” store in Glasgow’s Princes Square.

Bee Inspired, which was set up in 2013 by former players Steven Robb and Mark Corcoran - who played for clubs including Dundee United and St Mirren - said it has built up a growing global customer base trading from its online presence, and the opening of their limited edition store is the next phase of the business’s expansion.

The business has grown from a small bedroom start-up to become street-wear brand producing tees, jeans, jackets, hoodies, sweats and footwear.

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Singer and songwriter Craig David, boxer Josh Taylor and Line of Duty star, Martin Compston are also said to be fans.

Mr Robb said: “We’ve had customers begging us for years to open up a store, so now felt like the perfect time with the brand growing so rapidly on a global scale.

“We put so much time and energy into getting the details and quality spot on, and sometimes our customers don’t get to experience that until they’ve got their products.

“With the store we have the chance to let our customers interact with our products first hand and see how each piece fits.”

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Katie Moody, of Princes Square, said the firm is “one of the most talked about current streetwear brands”, adding: “We’re delighted that they’ve chosen Princes Square as home to its first ever physical retail space.”

It joins brands such as Kate Spade New York, Vivienne Westwood, Space NK, COS, Everyman Cinemas and Eden Mill Blendworks.