I was browsing through the upstairs, back corner sale area of a local consignment store yesterday, looking for shoes, ties, sports coats and suits, without much hope of finding anything interesting (except that the owners don't know the value of Talbott or Charvet ties; they're priced at $20 each). As I scanned through the overpriced Hugo Boss, Zegna, and Gucci dreck, my eyes were drawn to the pick stitching on the lapels of a dark green suit. I looked more closely and the pick stitching was obviously done by hand, as was most of the other work. The suit had well-defined shoulders and a nipped waist and, curiously, what I think is called a western back. Unfortunately, it was a 44L, not my size. It also had a label inside that said "Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills". The suit was made for a customer in 2000, so it's recent vintage. I kept looking and found three more Jack Taylor suits, one dark brown, one navy, and one tan, all in the same size and all with the western back (and strangely, the navy suit also had peaked lapels). The buttons on the tan suit were very cool, as they were a translucent light tan; I could actually see my fingers through the buttons. I almost bought the suit to harvest the buttons, but I couldn't bear to destroy such a well-made, unique garment that may someday find a good home. I'm considering going back for the buttons, but after searching StyleForum, it seems that Jack Taylor won't be making suits much longer, so again it seems a shame to destroy such works of art.
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4/6/06 at 3:40pm