In 1983 I decided to start a business selling vintage clothing until I found a career (or something better to do). I started off by selling pieces I had gathered from flea markets and church sales at London’s Camden and Greenwich markets, travelling each weekend from the north of England in my ancient van.
In 1985 I opened my first shop in Afflecks Palace in Manchester, followed by another shop in Liverpool.
THE EARLY NINETIES
The business expanded slowly and in 1991 we were approached by Topshop in Oxford Circus, London to become the first company to sell vintage clothing in their flagship shop on the back of the fashion for grunge. By this time we were importing vintage from the USA and all over Europe and exporting to clients all around the globe. The success allowed us to open our first Pop Boutique shop which was seen as a long term project.
The first Pop Boutique was opened in Oldham Street in Manchester in 1994 in the basement of café pop and reflected my love of all things vintage.
“In our FIRST POP BOUTIQUE NOT ONLY DID WE sell clothing, but vintage furniture and all manner of vintage objects of desire.
The shop was not an instant success but gathered a following from a band of loyal customers.”
LATE NINETIES THROUGH TO TODAY
In 1997 we opened our second Pop Boutique in Monmouth Street in London’s Seven Dials area and it was a huge success. We created our own newly manufactured goods to sit alongside our carefully selected vintage pieces to keep up with the demand.
Today we have shops in Liverpool, London, Leeds, Manchester and Gothenburg in Sweden and we also have over 150 clients stocking our own label goods and vintage based, all around the world.