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Trader Focus: Fabric Shops in Shepherd’s Bush

Trader Focus: Fabric Shops in Shepherd’s Bush

Shepherd’s Bush Market has long been famous for it’s wide selection of fabric and haberdashery shops. We spent some time with a few of the shop keepers to find out more about what they sell, who they sell to and how they run their businesses.

AL MAZ TEXTILESAl Maz textiles front page slot 2 Web Size

Al Maz specializes in Sundanese fabrics and wedding fabrics, which he says is surprising, considering he is from the other side of the water in India! In the Sudanese tradition, the man buys the woman ‘Shella’ as a wedding gift. ‘Shella’ is the woman’s entire wardrobe, everything from clothes and accessories to shoes and perfume. It is also customary to have the clothes made, and this is where Al Maz comes in. There are rows and rows of lavishly patterned fabric on display in his shop, just waiting for the right man to come along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MR SINGH’S HABERDASHERY AND FABRIC Mr Singh has run his fabric shop and haberdashers in Shepherd’s Bush Market for 10 years, he has two separate shops right in the middle of the market, one specializing in fabric… and one in haberdashery.

ON CUSTOMERS: We get all sorts in here, there’s the student fashion designers from the college, the local schools and customers from around the world. We sell a lot of suiting fabric to Saudi Arabians when they come over in the summer, that’s our bestseller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GS FABRIC Just down from Mr Singh’s you’ll find GS Fabric, it’s been here as a fabric shop for over 20 years and under the current ownership for the last 15. Their customers are from all over the world serving Arabic, Somali and English customers on a daily basis. They specialize in traditional African fabrics and have recently have noticed that they are selling a lot more of the African style fabrics English customers and students – could this be part of a wider trend?

TOP TIP: ‘A good display, without it you won’t attract the customers’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Students page 2 slot 2 web sizeMEET THE STUDENTS

We street style snapped three 1st year Middlesex students on the hunt for fabric for a group collection. Tell us about the project… ’We’re entering a competition run by Topman, the theme is ‘Criminal Youth’ so we’re looking for a strict colour palette of neutral tones with lots of texture and pops of bright yellow and blue.’

Fabric Focus

Fabric Focus

Shepherd’s Bush Market has long been famous for it’s fabric and haberdashery, a tradition that goes back almost 100 years.

In 1919, after the First World War, Dave Horada opened a stall in the market, selling dress and curtain fabrics, household linens and menswear, the first fabric shop in Shepherd’s Bush Market.

You can still visit Dave Horatha and Co Fabrics today, now run by his grandchildren James and Danielle, at Arch 170, or visit their website.   The eagle eyed may have spotted the difference in name ‘Horatha’ and ‘Horada’, this is because when Dave first arrived, the immigration officials had spelled his name incorrectly and he thought it bad luck to change the business name, so Horatha it remains.

There are 11 more specialist fabric shops and haberdashers in the market serving home-sewers, students and businesses from all over the world.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about the fabric shops of Shepherd’s Bush!

Click here to to see our fabric shops in focus