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is the guy behind recently opened vintage clothing store MINT which relocated from Soho to Stoke Newington – he obviously knows where it’s at. We had a quick chat to talk about moving his shop East, how to find good vintage and a delve into his 12 years experience on how to gain the best out of London Town.

US: So tell me about your life in London & work?

JAMES: Well I suppose my life in London is my work. Ive been here for 12 years and have been self employed all that time and as most people, paying the bills is the primary function. I don’t have kids and seem to be a committed bachelor so my free time is spent with mates either on some wheels or in a bar {simple folk we are}. Galleries and Art fairs float my boat, I’m in ore of these people who can create such impressive images with their hands and minds.

US: So u have moved from Covent garden to Stokie Newington or should I say “the Cool and up coming area of London” how u finding it ?

JAMES: I was in the West End for seven years, costs went up and the recession hit, tough times for all I suppose. I’ve lived in stokie throughout my time in London so it seemed to make sense, especially as it is changing so I’m generally happy with the move, I love my shop and my website should be ready this week, to build the brand is my focus now!

US: Any tips u can give us when we’re looking for vintage clothes?

JAMES: Take a good friend and you should be able to trust the staff in the shop! Take lots into the changing room and be patient, it is a journey not to look like a lemming.

US: So any favourite hideouts that you have eaten in that we need to know about?

JAMES: Lots, probably too many… A Little Bit Of What You Fancy, Kingsland Road; Island Queen a great pub in Islington; the Pride of Spitalfield pub just off Brick Lane; Palm Tree a lovely pub on the canal in Whitechapel; Fred and Fran a coffee shop in Stokie; the French House pub in Soho; St Johns my favourite restaurant in London and Trianglia a tapas joint at Newington Green, serving great food and wine.

You weren’t kidding, that’s a whole load of recommendations right there! If you want to meet James and check out his store MINT which sells men’s & women’s vintage at reasonable prices then head to 71 – 73 Stoke Newington High Street, N16.