Thursday, September 9, 2010
Soctch & Soda, Amsterdam couture + and the little blue coat.
I love selling Scotch Shrunk. (the children's division of S&S) Why? It's well made and utterly fantastic. I particularly remember last year's iconic, nautical coat; It was a beautiful, deep navy, double–breasted, wool pea coat from their boys collection—but it wasn't just any peacoat—it had edgy little striped, cozy, fingerless gloves attached and such fabulous, meticulous details. Unfussy, yet entirely intriguing. It was the coat that mothers couldn't resist, and the topic of conversation as people walked by the window display, mid–Fall. It is the type of coat that you would treasure forever, even after your little one has long outgrown it. It was just that beautiful.
A good customer, who was a regular by all accounts, paused to stare at the coat each time she stopped in, knowing full well the gap between her small, six year old son and the size 10 coat. (which coincides with age) The last coat. She wanted the coat so badly... her son, a sweet boy, her pocketbook, a little less fortunate. And so, the coat sat... and sat... looking more and more lonely as days passed by. A sale began, it was a few days after Christmas, the door chimed, she came in, and for what? Oh yes, the blue coat. That classic coat, that would inevitably wait, yet again, in a little boy's closet year after year until he was of size. It didn't matter.
Sometimes, I sit and consider the connection, or bond, between clothing and people, and find it most fascinating. A simple thing, a single piece, a little soul. Maybe it's thanks to memories of a warm Grandparent, an entire Summer by the seaside, or maybe a peek into one's own childhood—jolly Christmases, nestled within wool, spent caroling and enjoying hot chocolate with family and friends... my wish is that this little boy has wonderful memories that surround this coat one day, and that when he looks back, he sees what he had, who he was, how he was loved. And perhaps, just perhaps, he will have a son of his own, and that classic, little blue coat will carry on the tradition and become a special part of someone else's life...
Do you have a piece of clothing that is sentimental?
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