Article by Julie Tempest
When looters mindlessly wrecked a boutique during the London riots, they did more than destroy a few clothes – they laid waste to 20 years of fashion.
Gisella Asante 57, and her daughter Jan established Gisella Boutique, a tailor-made clothing business in Peckham High Street, south east London, in 1991.
They were told the terrible news that rioters had forced their way into the boutique when neighbours alerted them in the early hours of the morning.
“The shop had been ransacked, with custom-made clothes stolen, including wedding dresses which were due to be collected by brides,” said Gisella.
“All the boutique’s samples were taken leaving us with nothing – all of our best work created over the past 20 years went that night.