The world’s oldest hat shop 世界上歷史最悠久的帽子店

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The world’s oldest hat shop 世界上歷史最悠久的帽子店

學習要點

有關 「transformation(轉變)」 的詞彙

邊看邊答

Who has been dispatching parcels during the pandemic?

文字稿

Roger Stephenson, Deputy chairman, Lock & Co Hatters
Good afternoon and welcome to Lock & Co. Please come in.

羅傑‧史蒂芬森       Lock & Co Hatters 帽子店副董事長
「下午好,歡迎來到 Lock & Co 帽子店。請進。」

This is the oldest hat shop in the world. We were established in 1676 and we’ve been on these premises since 1759. We have survived two World Wars, depressions, recessions and one pandemic.

「這是世界上最古老的帽子店。我們成立於1676年,自1759年來一直在這個地址。我們挺過了兩次世界大戰、經濟蕭條和衰退,還有一場全球範圍疫情。」

Are you looking for a summer or winter hat? I think this time of year maybe a nice Panama would go very well.

「您是想買夏天還是冬天的帽子?現在這個季節,我覺得來一頂好看的巴拿馬帽會非常合適。」

Through the front door, which is still the same front door that we had in 1759 – Nelson, Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin – have all stepped through that door.

「這家店的大門自1759年就一直是這同一扇,穿過它進來光顧的客人包括海軍將領納爾遜、惠靈頓公爵、溫斯頓‧丘吉爾和查理‧卓別林。

You have to mould the hat to the shape of the head, not just the size, so these are everyone’s head shapes.

你必須按頭部的形狀給帽子塑形,而不僅僅是按大小,所以這些是每位顧客的頭部形狀。」

The last eighteen months, throughout the pandemic, has naturally been very challenging for any business, especially one that is in the middle of London. But we’ve had to dig deep, and we’ve had to evolve and try and adapt to the changing circumstances which hasn’t been easy.

「在過去18個月的疫情期間,對任何商家,特別是位於倫敦中心的商戶來說,自然是非常困難的。但我們不得不傾盡所有,與時並進,努力調整應對不斷變化的形勢,著實不易。

We just thought, right OK, if the shop’s closed, we are not doing any business in the shop, then we have just got to channel all our focus ­– so we were pulling people who’d normally work in the shop, who were then rota-ed in to dispatch parcels. The one thing we have noticed, which has been great for us, is how well the business bounced back as soon as we could reopen. The moment we opened up we saw sales just take off again.

我們就想,好吧,如果店舖關門,就不能在店裡做任何生意了,那就必須投入所有的精力:所以,我們就把平時在店裡工作的人都召回來,安排他們寄包裹。我們注意到了一件很好的事情,那就是一重新開業,業務就恢復得很好。我們剛開店,就看到銷售額又開始迅速增長了。」

Let me box it up for you.

「讓我來幫你把帽子放到包裝盒裡。」

Who knows what retail is going to look like in the next forty, fifty years? But here we are, we’re still here, and I’d like to say that we will be here for a few more years to go.

「誰知道未來四、五十年裡零售業會變成什麼樣?但我們現在還在這裡,我想說在不久的將來,我們應該還會在這裡。」

Thank you very much. Enjoy your Lock hat and I hope it gives you many, many years of good service.

「謝謝惠顧。希望您喜歡 Lock 牌帽子,願它能在未來的多年裡為您遮陽擋雨。」

詞彙

survived 挺過了,熬過了

evolve 逐漸發展,與時並進

adapt 調整,適應

bounced back (困難時期後)恢復

take off 迅速成功

問題答案

Employees who normally work in the shop.