I loved shopping at the stalls in a market on Kensington High Street where there were colorful Indian patterned skirts and jackets. Occasionally I would venture into a small boutique and purchase an Indian designed tunic with embroidered beads and flowers. When I had a bit more pocket money, I’d go to Biba, but usually came away with only cosmetics. I wasn’t skinny enough to fit into Biba clothing!
I wasn’t so much into Indian style clothes but was more of a ‘mod’, sticking to plain colours for skirts and jumpers, but usually strong, e.g. purple and bright green. Not much money but was happy with the choice at C&A’s in Wembley High Street. While still at school I remember buying exactly the same clothes as my friends but we’d choose different colours of the same dress or shoes.
Mostly C&A in Kensington High St, with a bit of Richards Shops and Etam. Shoes came from Dolcis. A lot of my clothes were home-made. I remember being very keen on prairie style, my mum made me a gorgeous green striped dress with a frill and high neck.
One day two ladies knocked on our door, it turned out they owned a boutique in Park Walk (off the Fulham end of the King’s Rd), they were looking for a dress maker and one of the neighbours told them that the foreign woman at no 19 did sewing. my mum wasn’t that keen as she already had a job sewing for Lily Gould as a homeworker, but she made a few samples for them and they were delighted. I was beside myself with delight that my mum sewed for a proper boutique! Later on she got a job in a sewing factory in Notting Hill. She loved it there, it was family run and she made samples. there were lots of laughs and good company. I used to love meeting her after school and we went to the cinema.
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