DSC03885_62151756_stdForget East London vs West London, when it comes to vintage shopping in the capital, there’s only one battle worth fighting and that’s between Camden in the North and Brick Lane in the East. But which side are you on? Martha Hayes has met the man who might just revive the Camden vintage scene.

Brick Lane is seen as a haven for the young, hip and happening with the sartorial gems to match, while Camden’s vintage scene is considered by some to have seen better days… But one man is throwing all our preconceptions out the window. And a very nicely styled window it is, as well.

Paul Franckeiss is putting the dapper back into Camden with his appropriately titled Dappa Boutique on Chalk Farm Road. An aladdin’s cave of pretty dresses and accessories for ladies and tailor-made suits and made-to-order hats for gents, the reasonably priced store is an old school reminder that there’s no excuse not to look your best.

And if those purse strings are really tight, you can always try their new thrift store two doors down. You can even get your haircut in Dappa’s salon at the back of the shop (and we recommend that you do!).

Here, Paul talks to QueenOfVintage.com about the joys of Camden, famous fans and why now’s the time to embrace vintage clothes

QueensOfVintage: How did you come to own a vintage boutique?

Paul Franckeiss: Before this I used to run gay club nights but I had just had enough of that after eight years. And basically I had a bit of an addiction to going to car boot sales! I went to a friend and asked: “How do I sell some clothes I’m trying to get rid of?” and when I did it, I did  itvery well, so I just kept buying and replacing them and it just carried on.

QoV: You started off with a market stall – how did it develop from there?

Paul Franckeiss: I started at Camden Market about six years ago and they had to do a redevelopment a few years ago, so we moved to the arches and then we found the shop on Chalk Farm Road. My flatmate Stephen and I were talking about putting something in the rear of the shop because it’s quite big. Having been a hair stylist for 15 years he suggested a hairdresser’s. I didn’t take him seriously but he was really quite passionate about it, so I said ok, we’ll do it and it worked! It’s very New Yorke. It was very organic, it just happened.

QoV: How would you describe Dappa’s style?

Paul Franckeiss: It’s quite eclectic. There are no rules. It’s not one of these strict vintage shops with sections for Fifties and cowboy shirts etc, it is a bit of a mix. I think people come in for every day clothes but they also come in for fancy dress. I tend to sell quality stuff. I don’t like dirty, raggy clothes. The girls like to feel it’s more of a boutique.

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  1. Kevie

    Paul hit the nail on the head about the future of vintage. But don’t diss us old lady tourists. I love both Camden and Brick Lane and manage to visit at least one whenever I’m in London.