Here’s something you don’t see in many countries.
Pottering back from topping up the internet account this morning, going past an advertising banner for a womens’ clothes shop. Which advertises:
Moda z Anglie
I’m not really sure that I’ve ever thought of, either myself or in any other country, the English looked upon as style icons. For mens’ suits, perhaps, but for women?
In another burst of journalistic observation there’s a second hand clothes shop down the road. They get through container loads of stuff too. I went in looking for a winter coat: something between the crombie I’ve got and the suit jacket. Found a reasonable enough padded cotton thing. M&S actually.
So I had a closer look at the stock. And it seems to come from the UK. Lots of Next, TopShop, M&S etc. Some of it still with charity shop labels on. Can’t remember which ones but these had definitely been priced up at some point to be sold in UK high street charity shops.
I assume that the volume being donated is higher than the volume desired in the UK so some portion of it gets sold off to here.
I’ve no idea what the margins are like but the volumes from just this one shop seem pretty healthy. Maybe 20 metres by 30 and there’s never fewer than 20 people in there and they’re shopping seriously, not just a dilettante, well, if I see something nice then maybe manner.
I knew that the bottom end of this food chain was market stalls in Africa. But I hadn’t realised that there was a mid-level too.