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“WE DON’T BANG ON ABOUT BEING ETHICAL” – JAS SINGH


when worn together, says Jas. “New and vintage really sustain each other,”


he emphasises. “We’re the first store in the UK to conceptualise this in this way. We’ve scoured the Earth to find this stuff . . .” Jas shows me a pair of Kuyichi jeans -


there’s a tracking number in each pair to prove they’re fairly sourced. Refreshingly, while buying ethically is clearly important to Jas, he’s not interested in ramming the eco message down his customers’ necks. “We don’t bang on about it, people have no predetermined image – they just walk through the door and see all this cool, colourful stuff. Pants to Poverty knickers hang on racks


near pretty frocks from new organic Brit label annie greenabelle; “very English rose,” says Jas, holding up a gorgeous pink and black flared skirted number. There are sweater dresses from Eco Boutique, made from old jumpers, next to the slightly bonkers Alice Takes a Trip line, and covetable tees from new clothing label Realm and Empire, with its obsession with all things Churchill. Men’s vintage tweed jackets (about £40)


beg to be teamed with one of SPUK’s funky, witty, equally British tees; there are racks of besequinned matinee jackets from the 20s and 30s (£20-£80), along with genuine flapper frocks and more recent ‘pre-loved’ lace dresses from the likes of Karen Millen. There’s vintage rings for as little as £3, vintage luggage, vintage handbags, vintage furs . . . ah yes, the furs. Are they everyone’s idea of ethical? “We’re not Bishopston Trading; we love


what they do, but we’re not coming from that area. We want to be quirky and current, and fur’s really popular at the moment; it was our best seller over the New Year. We don’t sell new fur, just stuff that’s already out there. “We’re trying to bring a bit of Gloucester


Road to the Clifton area. We want you to come in and rummage.” And don’t be afraid to show him your wares,


too – in a glass cabinet are a set of cute little earrings in the shape of strawberry cheesecake –- “a local entrepreneur came into the shop a few minutes ago and sold them to us.” 71 is a totally beguiling shop, full of surprises,


and it’s hard to imagine a more enthusiastic or friendly front-of-house man than Jas. If you shop here, you’re ticking all the eco boxes; but we suggest you head here just for the craic. CL


71 Queens Road, Clifton 0117 929 0852


www.mediaclash.co.uk Clifton Life 55 Channel your inner


Winston by teaming cool Realm and Empire tees with trad tweed jackets


New and vintage frocks mingle


contentedly on the shop floor


Loads of ideas for


presents – and Pants for Poverty (below)


The slightly bonkers Alice takes a Trip


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