Things look different.

The Store

  This has been a busy week and thanks to our hardworking construction crew, cabinet makers and electrician we'll soon be ready to reopen. Things look different now. The shadowboxes are cheerfully lit. The ties are hanging enthusiastically against the wall instead of lounging on tables. The luggage looks very happy and rather proud of itself on its new, tiered display. Both the men's and ladies' areas now have new tables designed to house books of fabric swatches, sketches, color samples, and to allow work space where you can comfortably sit to put together your special orders. The ladies' department...

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Inside-Outside

The Store

  Not much progress inside this week, but outside the wall that houses the gate for the parking lot is now repaired, repainted and ready for its close-up. Oh, and that package that went astray in Montgomery some time back was officially ruled a goner, so the form bases it held have been remade, reshipped and received. There's more to come this week, we hope, as the summer sale winds down and vacation time approaches. Surely all will be complete before July 14, when ready-or-not we head to New York for the men's spring 2011 market.

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Old-fashioned cabinets with drawers? Why?

The Store

  If you've ever visited an iconic, old-fashioned clothing shop abroad—on Jermyn Street in London, for example—you've had an experience much different from shopping in this country. Oftentimes such clothing shops lure you inside with a beautiful window display  and once inside you see only drawers and cupboards because all the merchandise is carefully put away to be brought out on request. That shopkeeper wants you to realize that everything he sells is a treasure, so he will carefully unwrap and explain it to you before you even touch it. In this country we go to the opposite extreme, stacking items so high...

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Things are happening...

The Store

A hole in the wall waiting for its shadowbox. Two shadowboxes looking for a home Craftsmen at work on the men's shoe rails Shadowbox installed and nearly finished The men's shoe rails are up and working and our cabinetmakers have finished the shadowbox displays and spent the day installing them. We're waiting for the light fixtures to arrive to complete the boxes, but they look beautiful already. As other pieces are finished we'll put them in place, too, and, meanwhile, for us it's great fun watching our work-in-progress.

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"We have ignition."

The Store

  As they say at the space center just before launch, " We have ignition". The prescribed spaces have been successfully cut in the walls and shadow boxes for display are being constructed to fit them. Light fixtures have been ordered as well as new chairs and fabric for cushions. We have our fingers crossed, hoping that installation will begin next week. Now that we have ignition, lift-off shouldn't be far behind.

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