“My grandfather opened the shop, and I took over from my parents when they retired. I’ve been here for more than 50 years now, but my own children are doing other things.” “After the war, when clothing had been under government restriction, women hadn’t seen embroidered dresses for years. We had queues outside the shop.” The famous red dress in the window at Blustons “An older woman might buy something bright like the red polka-dot dress. I’ll let her reminisce about going dancing, about returning to her youth in the 1960s.” “We’ve had transvestites in. They arrive as a man and try on a dress. They want something a bit more showy, because they’re going to make a statement on stage.” Former owner Michael Albert in his store before it shut. Photo: Tom Storr “You can see people’s personalities in what they buy.”Photography by Tom Storr.This is box title Find Blustons at 213 Kentish Town Road NW5. Read Michael Albert’s Life Tips in full here.