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Window shopping


Bags, quite literally, galore


71 Queen’s Road T


‘Bristol’s newest ethical shop’ sources responsibly and buys with a conscience – but basically, says DERI ROBINS, it’s all about selling cool stuff


he window display shows a cartoon of Betty Boop, caught mid-boop-a-doop on a vintage telly. Behind Betty are mannequins modelling Kuyichi


jeans, fur jackets and a 1920s sequinned maxi dress. Only the terminally incurious would not


wish to enter this shop and find out what it’s all about – and owner Jas Singh is more than happy to elucidate. He tells me that the store opened five


months ago, as a Fairtrade ethical eco boutique. OK, Jas; in what tends to be a pretty eco-aware and ethical city – what’s so special about 71? Firstly, “we’re very accessible to all age


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groups,” says Jas. “We have a very broad spectrum.” Secondly, “eco’s not generally regarded as


cool, but we’re trying to redress that, by the kind of labels we stock.” He reels off the names to establish 71’s cool credentials; Eco Boutique, Kuyichi, Ruby Rocks. Most are so cool I’ve never heard of them. But the most striking thing about 71 – apart


from that cool-eco, broad-spectrum angle – is the rather beguiling way in new (and pricier) stock is mixed up with racks of vintage (often enticingly cheap). Not only are they found in the same parts of the shop, but you’re quite likely to find them sharing rack space. You can come into 71 and spend £2 on a vintage tee or £250 on a pair of jeans; and they look fabulous


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