Who are you? Paul Breuer & Matt Dawson. Breuer & Dawson. Margate’s provider of vintage goods.
Why Margate? Morcombe was full and we are banned from everywhere else.
How do you define style? The ability to wear socks and sandals and still get served.
If you were an animal, what would you be? Prey.
What couldn’t you live without? Wife, Kids, Air and The hunt for that treasure.
Object of desire? The ultimate goal is a pair of bespoke shoes that’s when you have made it. Alas we are still at Dunlop greenflash level.
Favourite place to think? Bed. A stroll through St Peters graveyard Always helps.
Favourite Shop? Harringtons Broadstairs. Scots is always good for a rummage and Fontaine of course.
What building would you like to be locked in overnight? The Blonde one from Girls Alouds house.
Where do you go for a nightcap? Lifeboat. Queen Charlotte.
What would you buy if you won the lottery? A Full English at Forts.
What do you collect (other than clothes!)? Ex’s.
Who are your heroes? Winston Churchill. Charles Bukowski. Lucian Freud, Billy Bremner, Mr Tumble.
Best and worst experience setting up your business/shop? All of the amazing people that we have met. Getting people exited about buying clothes again when they had given up. Rumors that we provide a cross dressing service in our basement. Have not had the worst experience yet.
First Margate memory? One of the strongest rainstorms I have experienced howling down king st, discovering shelter in the Lifeboat and drying by its roaring fire.
What would you do if you were Mayor of Margate for a day? Count my kickbacks and polish my baubles.
Favourite food? Forts chorizo burger, Greedy Cow’s haloumi sandwich.
Biggest extravagance? Petrol for my car. Two scoops of Forts homemade ice cream.
Best advice you’ve been given? Try again. Fail again. Fail better.. And duck!
What are your goals for 2013? Keep breathing. Remember 2012. See Margate rise to even greater heights.
ROUND-UP: Breuer & Dawson’s vintage emporium has found its home in a beautiful Georgian shop in the old town of Margate. The shop front, boldly painted in British racing green, entices you in to a cavern of vintage clothing for every occasion. Nestled in between the vast amounts of vintage pieces are an array of curiosities, books referencing a history of fact and fiction, a homage to cowboys and Indians, hand painted oars, old cinema seats, vintage bikes and old signs and photos. The beauty is in the detail.
WHERE TO BUY: Harrington’s is the place for all those useful DIY bits and bobs. 1 York Street, Broadstairs, CT10 1PD
For edible treats – Forts Cafe, 8 Cliff Terrace, Margate, CT9 1RU
Breuer & Dawson, 7 King Street, CT9 1DD.
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