never darkened his doors again after going in there in the 70s as a young woman trying to find a canvas satchel. He had some very faded ones hanging up outside and I made the mistake of asking if he had any non-faded ones. Now, I'm no stranger to the odd swear word myself, but he was something else!
There's a small Army Surplus shop on The Cut still just along from Tas.
I was writing an article a couple of years back for a friends website about quirky and vintage clothing shops and a few of us went down to the shop on the Walworth Road where the photographer walked into the shop while he was still putting goods up outside. "Can I help you?" asked Les. "Just looking at the moment" replied my friend. "Well go look somewhere else, i'm busy!"
I've had a thing for (army) surplus stores ever since I was little ( my dad used to take me); I have been to quite a few, both in Europe and in the States and most owners were eccentric to say the least. It is a shame to see them disappear really.