Newc's Bespoke Adventure. - Page 26
In any event, back to scheduled programming! After numerous delays, we arrived in Chicago around 2:30 p.m. this past Saturday (as opposed to 10:30 a.m.). I went straight from the airport to baggage claim (where I found the airline lost my bags), from baggage claim to hotel, and from hotel to Chris' shop. Unfortunately, without clothing in hand, I had to wear my airport attire. We will get to the deets on the jacket later.
But first, some food pr0n! On Saturday night, we went to Blackbird. I was fairly diligent, and took pictures of most of the courses.
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I thought Blackbird was delicious. Not the best restaurant I have been to, but the dishes were fun, and the place had a great atmosphere. All things considered, the price was reasonable for the quality, in my opinion. When we were finished with Blackbird, we were exhausted. I am not used to dining at 9:30 p.m. anymore.
The next day was leisurely. Went for a walk, rented some bikes, etc. Went to Cindy's for brunch, grabbed a light lunch at Ema, and went to Au Cheval for dinner. All in all, a heck of a day (I think I am still full).
Was pretty terrible about pictures, but here is one where I am contemplating the menu.
Alright, now, to the good stuff! Unfortunately, did not get to spend as much time with Chris as I would have liked, but I got to spend a good hour at his shop. I came in on Saturday, and he was working with his apprentice, Eric. Eric trained in Rome, and has been working for Chris for about 4-5 years (IIRC). Sat around, and talked shop for a little bit. Chris was kind enough to offer me a beer, and I happily accepted his offer (3 Floyd's Zombie Dust - yet another perk). In exchange, I brought him some Ghost in the Machine, a great beer proudly brewed here in Louisiana.
I put on my coat, and I was surprised at how much I loved the fabric. I look forward to shooting the jacket in natural light.
We had a few minor changes. We decided to shorten the jacket by about 3/8 of an inch or so (not pictured). We also brought in the waist a hair (pictured). Chris also let out the back a little bit, and raised the collar - I evidently have put on a bit of muscle (with my new house, I guess the yard work is giving me some of that much-needed grown man strength). We decided to go for a softer look with this jacket. It is not styled as aggressively as my suit. For some reason or another, I think that overly suppressed jackets can often look incongruous - especially one as countrified as this.
We decided to change the initial configuration, slightly. We are going with triple patch pockets, and we picked out some dark reddish-brown buttons. I think it is all going to look fantastic. Also, we decided to go with two buttons on the sleeve.
Chris indicated that the jacket should be finished in about a month. I am looking forward to it already!
I think that's definitely part of it. I think there's also something about the lapels. The jacket lapels seem to roll down to the same point, but I prefer the lapels on the jacket slightly. I haven't figured out why. Maybe a slightly different shape or a bit longer? I caveat all of that with the jacket not being done, the vagaries of photography, and Chris's work always being awesome.