Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gypsy Cream

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gypsy Cream

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Byline: MAGGIE DAVIS

From Afghan bags to Indian tabards, Gadjo Dilo stocks a diverse mix of ethnic items sourced from all over the world

A hip shop in Battersea?

Yep. Gadjo Dilo, which opened 18 months ago, stands out from the local bric-a-brac and furniture shops that line Battersea Park Road.

Named after the Tony Gatlif film of the same name - based on a Romanian gypsy community - it's a treasure trove of new and vintage clothes and accessories from around the world. Here you'll find pieces from exotic climes including Argentina, Mexico, India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Almost everything in the shop is a one-off so it's a must for die-hard individualists.

Who's the brains behind the operation?

Jacquie Allmond, 37, an ex-fashion PR and stylist, who sources her wares from antiques fairs around Europe, LA and Miami. The shop specialises in handcrafted clothes from around the globe with emphasis on originality and workmanship - think Seventies hand-embroidered Indian smock dresses. 'The shop is quite nomadic,' explains Allmond.

'Everything is handcrafted and most things in the shop have a story behind them,' she says, picking up a beaten-leather embroidered satchel which once belonged to an Moroccan shepherdess.

So, what can I buy?

Labels such as Antik Batik, Ona Saez (an Argentinian label specialising in distressed jeans, exclusive to Gadjo Dilo), beautifully ornate Afghan neck pieces, South African ponchos and Indian tabards. …

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