Fabian The Fashionist

24HourCoffeePeople is a bustling coffee shop on the outskirts of London: this blog shares moments where caffeine isn’t the main event but the people who visit or work there really are.

Fabian is mad for Gucci. The acquisition of a new belt or shirt is a big event; if any of us are traveling, his first interest isn’t why, but do they have a Gucci at our destination. So, it is an endless annoyance to him when groups of teenagers arrive at 24 for giggly lattes dressed in velvet tracksuits. ‘We’ve ‘ad another chavelanche of Juicy,’ he sighs. ‘It was ‘orrible.’  Ex-24 barista, Bobson (his Malaysian parents broke with tradition and turned to using the patronymic Icelandic system of naming their firstborn) has now gone to work for Burberry. This is a thrill for Fabe, and just one step short of working for Gucci. Ignoring all cultural and fashion signals that lead Burberry straight to Chav county, when Bobson visits, coffee making grinds to an abrupt halt while a style assessment is made of Bobson’s clothes.

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