Saturday, 1 December 2012


The launch of a new Jeff Banks collection

"We opened at No.11, Blackheath Village.  Blackheath then was Hampstead of South London - people like Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton, the actress Glenda Jackson, art directors, and photographers lived around there.  It didn't matter where you were, people would travel to find you.  On the first day we sold out of everything, bar one coat.  There were thousands of people outside, the mounted police were trying to control the crowds.  Anne Wright and Jenny Quick were our PRs and they got the Beatles and Jean Shrimpton to the opening.

The shop was tiny and the interior was French bistro meets English country house salon.  Bare brick, white-painted walls, wooden floor, iron chandeliers: a really eclectic mix.  Clothes were hung in French armoires, and sweaters were folded up in piles on round wooden tables.  Clobber was the forerunner of Biba; we had hat stands and jardinieres."

- from Marnie Fogg's Boutique

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