Dress fit for royalty
Published 16 Mar 2012 14:50 0 Comments
THE owner of a second-hand clothing shop in Sunninghill says he has seen customer numbers soar following reports that it sold a dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
Jeremy Myhan, owner of The Stock Exchange in Queens Road, said no one had seen the Royal bride at the shop but she had been photographed at the National Portrait Gallery wearing a 1950s-style grey dress identical to one the retailer sold some months before.
He could not remember who had bought the A-line frock by now-defunct fashion label Jesiré but said it was likely to have sold for £80-130.
It was the duchess's first major solo engagement as a Royal.
Mr Myhan said: "We are a bit delighted by it. I do like the idea that she might have been in incognito!"
He said sales had surged followed an article in Grazia magazine last week linking the dress worn on February 8 to The Stock Exchange, and added: "It is very good news. We've had people in we've never seen before, people seeking us out."
The shop sells ladies', men's and children's wear by designers and quality high street stores.
Mr Myhan said: "We've always been popular for the last 30 years because we are just good value and the quality of things we have is quite good.
"You never know quite what you are going to come across in The Stock Exchange. That's good fun.
"There's things in her for a fiver and bags for several hundreds."
He said he has noticed a trend for people looking to find vintage clothes - for reasons of economy and environmental awareness as well as to try to find pieces not available on the high street.
Jesiré's former owner has been reported as saying he may try to revive the brand following calls by women seeking their own fit-for-royalty outfits.
This article appeared in Local Berkshire 16 Mar 12