After the little tirade about retail shopping, I thought I would share a humorous aside that I witnessed in the Zegna outlet. Â A middle-aged woman, who in all likelihood was the store manager, was instructing 2 younger gentlemen, probably in their late teens-twenties, about the various jackets and clothing sold in the store. Â Red light for job orientation. Â Most of the information the woman provided was correct; she touched upon the differnces between hand-stiched and machine lapels, and erroneously used the bedsheet analogy to differentiate between different grades of suiting fabric. Â I was quite proud of myself for NOT interrupting. Zegna was about the third store I visited. Â I stopped by once again about an hour later on my way to the parking lot and I noticed that the "orientation" was still going strong and had migrated to the sportswear section. Â Its nice to know that SOMEONE still tries to make an effort even at an outlet store.
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7/2/04 at 1:59pm