Here’s in the market we love nothing more than getting to know our traders, so read on to Meet a Trader!
We spoke to the lovely Sara Paris. From a young age, Sara had always had an interest in art. Her family business started out on a stall in Shepherd’s Bush Market, selling uniquely-designed hats day-in and day-out for 42 years. What was the inspiration behind setting up a stall? This has always been a family business. My dad has always been the creative type and had been obsessed with accessories- especially hats. He used to make is own Turban hats from scratch from materials bought from local haberdashery and it was from there he decided to expand within the hat business. What made you want to take over from your family? I wanted to keep the family tradition going so in later years I can then pass on my business onto my son making it the 3rd generation carrying on the hat business. Plus, I’ve always had an interest in the fashion industry. It was fashion that help motivate me to travel to places such as New York and China to explore various fashion trends and unique fabrics. How would describe your customers? I generally attract a wide range of customers but the majority tend to be Afro/Caribbean ladies as they’re always on the hunt for amazing hats/ fascinators for Church events on weekends. The best thing about my stall is that we sell hats for all occasions. Weddings, parties, cold weather- you name it! But what makes my stand different is that the hats designed for our customers, you won’t be able to find anywhere else in London. For great hats & accessories, check out stall 6 for Sara Paris located at the top of the market – It’s only a two minute walk from Shepherd’s Bush Market station.