After calculating my yardage it was time to hit the streets of New York. I’m so lucky that Brian is willing to go with me on these excursions. If there’s a promise of Chinese food, he’s willing to put up with just about anything. I drove from Maine and met him at the Secaucus rail station in N.J. From there it’s just a short train ride right into Penn Station. We both love coming up the stairs onto 7th Avenue. The collision into all that energy. A few blocks North and we’re in the middle of the garment district. I found my fabric at AK Fabrics, 257 W. 39th. It’s a charcoal and brown wool herringbone. The toggles are genuine horn and leather. The buttons are also horn from C & C Button, 230 W. 38th. The pockets and throat latch will be lined with black cotton flannel. The body and sleeves will be lined with a heavy black satin.
Sadly I couldn’t afford the imported Italian cashmere at Rosen & Chadick. Brian and I did enjoy the ride in their opulent elevator to the 2nd and 3rd floor showrooms though. The salesperson was completely humorless when Brian asked if the $189 price on the end of the bolt was for the entire bolt. It was hysterical, but she obviously didn’t think so. I can’t imagine getting up the nerve to cut fabric that expensive.
Anyway, here’s a picture of us shopping at Spandex World, which is much more our speed (or should that be Speedo!)