Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Crap shops in Gipsy Hill, part IV

Michaels Fashions is the Don of crap shops in Gipsy Hill, a heavyweight world champion in its field. I'm maybe being a little bit mean-spirited there because occasionally I see Michael out and about on Gipsy Road and he seems like a very nice man really. Although if you'd seen the window display at Christmas then your world would already be a darker place at this point.



12 comments:

  1. I've long been a fan of Michael's unique approach to retail, while wondering how/why he keeps it going. Perhaps he subsists on the vaguely disturbing-sounding "alterations" service that he offers.

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  2. Oh my goodness! Locals! And yes, substantially, in a league of his own, but there are still other crap shops in Gipsy Hill that we haven't mentioned yet.....

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  3. It's a fiendishly clever front for a knocking shop. He even has a child on a trike trundling around the ground floor in the daytime to complete the 'family home that happens to incorporate apparently redundant retail space' look.

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  4. Ahh, the heavenly fresh air of salop(e) perhaps? xxx

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  5. Your old mucker, Rob1 February 2011 at 16:22

    A retailing tip for Michael: Customers find it hard to focus on your merchandise when their eyes are brimming with tears. Also, "upsell" shoppers by merchandising accessories on the bottom shelf in their line of view when they are lying on the ground in a fetal position sobbing gently.

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  6. Good ideas there Robin, thanks for sharing, perhaps you can fax Michael directly?

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  7. Maybe he gets Arts Council funding? Enjoy it while you can – he may have to instal a genuine retail display before too long.

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  8. it's March & that lilac knit is still available.

    hello neighbour. were your ears buring on the weekend? A mutual shropshire friend was telling me that you live a few doors away from me.

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  9. yo crashdancer! it is good to make your acquaintance. we should get drinks n vol-au-vents n that..... is our auld china plate going to make it down to gipsy hill at any point soon?

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  10. mansion quiz next tuesday with my brother (james hamilton above)?

    there's certainly a mention for an auld china plate visit in april for the london book fair.

    i will work on this.

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  11. Unlike the other shops though, Michael's offers an alteration service undertaken by hand by skilled craftsman. It might not fall into the contemporary idea of a retail experience, but there is nothing crap about it.

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