And I will tell you this husband has considerable and very particular taste…. he won’t buy anything made in factories overseas in China, Bangladesh, and God knows where else American companies are now having their clothes sewn so they can sell them for ever lower and lower prices. H buys handmade leather jackets, buys his boots and most of his clothing from companies which only produce their merchandise in the US or Europe, and gets his jeans from a special company in Japan which bought the original looms from the Levi’s company. Before his business attire became more casual he was very particular about the quality of his suits and if he could have afforded it, I have no doubt he would have had them made on Saville Row. As it was he found a special source online where he found handmade English shoes for an incredible deal. Living this way has not been cheap it’s true. But he doesn’t buy a lot and takes care of the things he has because they were expensive. Plus, they are made well and things made well last a long time.
Once on a trip to Tokyo he spent hours researching where to buy the best knives and we had to trek in the pouring rain to a special shop where the knives have been handmade in the same way for hundreds of years.
Many might consider him a snob about the things of which I speak, but I don’t think he is. He just appreciates things that are made well and with care. He worries about the future of our country and the attitude out there that cheaper is better and more junk is better. In short, he is a man who lives by his principles. And he is a patriot.
The recession has been rough on us and it would be a lot easier to just go to the mall and buy some clothes at the Gap, Old Navy, or J Crew. But he made a promise he wouldn’t buy anything made in substandard factories over seas where the workers are often exploited and the companies who subcontract them have no idea about it, or they just turn their heads.he was very sad when Ralph Lauren started making their products overseas because he wasn’t going to buy them anymore.
I would say he is a little like Steve McQueen because of his former race car driving and present motorcycle hobby, a little Ernest Hemingway because he loves travelling, hunting, and his guns, and a little Felix from the Odd Couple because he is very neat and even has his money in his wallet organized.. while I am the other guy, the messy one… My wallet has dollars every which way if they even make it into the wallet, my closet looks like a bomb went off, and I won’t even mention my car. Once I pulled up to a Hollywood A list club with a car load of girlfriends . When the valet opened the door, several baby bottles fell of it and onto the sidewalk in front of all the most likely childless hipsters waiting out front.
So, back to sewing, wouldn’t you just be the least bit nervous to make a guy like this a coat? I am! I’m actually more nervous than when I made the wedding gown! I hope he likes it when I am done!
Today I am cutting out the pattern from the Japanese Pattern Book I ordered. Since Richard is a 42 regular in coats, and the largest size in the book is a 38, i will have to make the pattern bigger, the first order of the day.
Wish me luck!