Trip up the stairs to LSD, run by Toby, a twenty-one-year-old who has been dressing like a mod since he was six. This is a man who can tell you the exact difference between flares and bell-bottoms. His favourite items in the store are the racing leathers and the Sta- prest corduroys. The walls are pasted with photos of David Hemmings in Blow Up and the stereo blasts the Stones.
Toby has his customers down to a tight-fit T: 'Germans buy boot cuts. The English come in, rip off their Nirvana T-shirts and buy a pair of cords, but only if they're over 20. A lot buy Sta-prest, but that's only Sta-prest people.' On this, he can't elaborate.
Back downstairs, Steve Kinky is folding a pair of bondage trousers. He says that John Lydon was browsing the other day when a customer asked if he could have two minutes of his time. Lydon shot him a withering glance: 'Not even two minutes'. Emma Forrest
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