During the summer of 1969, Freddie asked Roger if he was interested in acquiring a stall in Kensington Market. Ibex (Freddie) and Smile (Roger) were not bringing in vast amounts of income. This was an opportunity to supplement income. They began selling paintings and drawings which Freddie’s Ealing College friends happily supplied as well as Freddie’s own artwork but the stall wasn’t a resounding success. So, after a rethink, they decided to sell clothes. Victorian clothing and scarves, fur coats, jackets and stoles. The clothes sold quite well and they made a small welcome profit.
However, always with an eye on a bigger profit, one day Roger sold Freddie’s own jacket, which a customer had spotted hanging up at the back, for £20. Freddie was furious and chased after the customer, demanding his jacket back. He returned the customer’s money and ran back to Roger threatening violence! Roger adamantly stood his ground, insisting he sold it so they could get something to eat and pay taxi fare home.