In pictures: ‘A tribute to a remarkable man and a social history of local retailing’

Jim Grover, Maurice Dorfman, 2016. From Behind the Shop Facade, The Life of Maurice Dorfman © Jim Grover

Source: Jim Grover

On Christmas Eve 2019, Maurice Dorfman flipped the sign on his haberdashery shop door to ‘closed’, just as he, and before him, his parents, had on 60 previous Christmas Eves. This time he would never flip it back. He died two months later, at the age of 87.

What happened next was a remarkable local celebration of this man and his shop, Jeannette Fashions, the longest-surviving independent retailer on London’s Clapham High Street.


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