We love our markets: Leo Heath Whittaker
This Love Your Local Market fortnight, from 17-23 May, we are highlight some of our fabulous street traders. Now it’s Leo’s turn.
Leo has been interested in street trading since he was a child and has used his connections in the fashion industry to develop his stall called Leo’s Boutique in Chapel Market.
“Because I’ve worked in fashion and know lots of designers I get lots of stuff on consignment and dead stock,” he explains. “I still model now and I’ve been modelling since I was eight-years old and I am 50 now.
“Hustling and interacting with the public is excited for me, so when I finished school, after doing the modelling and the dancing I discovered a friend of mine in the market, called Wendy, who offer me a job. I worked for her for seven years until I went independent in 2004.
“The good thing about Chapel Market is the diversity of cultures and the freedom you have being self-employed and interacting with the public and being able to make money out of your own personal wits, taste and banter.
“You can have a joke here, you don’t have to take life to seriously here and no-one tells you what to do.”
Read our interviews with other Islington traders:
Peter, HolmesBake, Whitecross Street
Jo, card stall, Chapel Market
Will, jerk chicken stall, Whitecross Street
Sandra, women’s fashions, Chapel Market
Manisha, Indian street food stall, Whitecross Street
Kalpesh, mobile and PC items, Chapel Market
Wendy, bags, Chapel Market
Love Your Local Market 2019 is taking place from 17-23 May with the theme ‘markets close to your heart’. Find out more