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Portobello Green

Leslie

Trader, Vintage Clothing Stall


"The idea is to change with styles. The shop stays where it is, the market stays where it is – it’s been here a long time, many years…. As long as you keep up with the trends people are always going to want something."

How did you end up in Portobello Road?

Through the love of clothes... I had a shop, back in the time when you could make a living. But I then decided to come here – it was creative with a great mixture of people and diversity. Plus, having a shop, unless you’re in Oxford Street, then you don’t get much traffic if you know what I mean. But here, it changes every week so it is quite interesting.

How long have you been here?

Over ten years I would say, I’m not particularly sure though, I can’t think that far back… always in Portobello Green though, every Saturday.

How has it changed over the past 10 years?

Style... Fashion changes… Trends change. What people wanted then and what people were prepared to pay is completely different from now. Obviously you have High Streets now, menswear has never been cheaper to mass produce so men can go to a High Street shop and get a lovely blazer for like £50. So you know it affects us… but if you have style and if what you sell is style then I suppose you’ll always be on top.

Today, what is the thing you like most and dislike most about the market, if anything?

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood. Work is work, and you have you deal with people under those conditions. Also, I suppose there is a language barrier sometimes. You try to use certain phrases and chat and they just don’t get it so you can’t always be yourself with certain people. Apart from that, it is great you know; getting to do what you want, being in the air, making money at the same time, the way we do.

How do you think it will change moving forwards?

The idea is to change with styles. The shop stays where it is, the market stays where it is – it’s been here a long time, many years. I can’t even go back. But it is still here. As long as you keep up with the trends people are always going to want something. Supply and demand, amen to that!