For all of you guys and gals who have opined similarly to
I think it would be very helpful to understand the specific schedule/agenda/structure of this get-together. Are you all just going to be available to answer specific questions and display your wares, or will there be any demonstrations, presentations, and/or discussion sessions? It is just not clear to me what specifically I might expect to learn by attending.
Here's the scoop, the dish, the low-down: 1] The event is the first of its kind. We have not a clue how it will evolve. We've been asked to take "it" to other cities ... even to other countries ... before "it" has even occurred. In no specific order, these are the thoughts we have discussed. 2] All four of us, and our partners will be available to answer questions during the entire sixteen hours of the event. 3] There will be no seminars or speeches. Our concern lies not in offering self-serving monologues topically germane to microcosmic manifestations of each of our particular sartorial arts. The agreed goal is to try to respond intelligiently to your
concerns with respect to the design, quality, construction, and usage of the clothing you either wear or aspire towards. 4] More specifically in response to the above question, "demonstrations"
will be continuous. That is the entire premise ... that there is much about clothing frequently asked on AAAC and the SF which is ever-so-much better shown rather than written. "Presentations"
, insofar as they are to be differentiated from demonstrations, will be in the form of the clothing & furnishings available for inspection ... and the interogation of its maker. We have every expectation that the entire event will consist of one long "discussion session"
. 5] Will we display our wares? How can I show you the difference between a French front and a placket center without having them available? Will I be loading 2000 boxes of Zimmerli underwear and 60 dozen Pantherellas into a tractor-trailer and moving it to the Regency? Absolutely not. Will I have one of each different type so I can show all those who have asked what the difference is between MicroModal and Royal Classic Cotton Lisle? Positively yes. I would be derelict if I didn't. Will Chuck bring ties, Darren a number of suits, and Gabor a range of shoes? Of course ... what else would you be coming to learn about if not the positive and negative aspects of the clothing we so frequently discuss? Will there be items for sale? To a man (and woman) we're all damn proud of what we do. We're certainly not going to show it to you and then say you can't have it if you want. But that is not the focus of the event. 6] As far as I have personally thought it through in relation to shirts and furnishings, I picture the event to be somewhat similar to my first meeting with a new client. We spend some time discussing style and wardrobe coordination. We usually segue to a more intense back-and-forth regarding the many various options available in the design and construction of shirts - as well as the advantages and detriments of each. We then go over measurement and fitting parameters in relation to occupational & "social strata" requirements, body type, and esthetic preferences. Finally, we begin to carve a synopsis of our meeting into a more concrete agenda for the building of a shirt and furnishings collection. That's where I see the event from my shirt perspective - taking you through the process up to but not including the bespeaking part where Platinum and pen enter into the equation. From what I've gathered in our discussions, Chuck, Darren, and Gabor see similar courses of action in their own fields. 7] Finally, we'll be taking pictures with and of our guests (who consent to such things) and posting them on the boards so that those far from NYC can get a bit of vicarious enjoyment. 8] We would be more than happy to entertain any suggestions for things you might like to see or learn during the event. Just post a reply below and we'll do our best. And as to the 'what should I wear' question posed multiple times, stay tuned. The dress code is in work and will be posted shortly.