Helena Mercer
Two Foot Nothing/Next to Nothing

Every Thursday was early closing, and every Thursday I would whizz up to London with him. Jonathan would give me a brown envelope of money and say “Go and buy stuff for the shop”, so I used to go up and down East Castle Street, Great Titchfield Street: all the rag trade streets, as they were then. I would buy left-over runs of things intended for the high street shops, like Topshop. If they were making 50 scarves for Topshop, they might make 60; so there would be 10 - it used to be called “cabbage” in those days – the left-over bits. I would buy this stuff, shove it into the car, drive it down to Oxford and hang it up. We used to have an arrangement whereby I would have an exercise book; at the end of the week we would split the profit half and half. I would just buy what caught my fancy: Indian waistcoats. Jonathan would sell Guernsey jumpers because he had a boat; he ended up in Guernsey and brought the jumpers back. That was in 1975…

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