Many of you are asking if you need your invitation for admission.
The answer is no. You need your sense of style, your questions for the makers, and a desire to meet some of your fellow members. But you absolutely
need to R.S.V.P. in order to gain admission. F.A.Q. What is the event's format?
In as short and simple as we can say it, the event has NO format. We are there to answer your questions ... as we have said from the very beginning. We are there to overcome the limitations of the written word. There are no seminars or regularly scheduled demonstrations. If someone wants to know how to iron, I'll give a brief demo. Sew on a button? Sure. Cut a collar and cuffs? Why not? But these demos will be done in answer to questions, not because they are scheduled for 11:47 in the Cary Grant room. Will I have shirt fabric samples?
How can I explain the differences among voiles, broadcloths, oxfords, and twills without them? Of course I will have my samples. Including some antiques never before shown in public and a selection of the high-count (170s-200s) cottons ... and about 1000 more. Will there be refreshments?
Yes, but they will be very limited and strictly contained within a specified area. Absolutely nobody will be permitted to bring wine (sorry, Chuck) or food into the areas where there will be six figures worth of bespoke & ready-to-wear clothing and the components thereof. Will there be clothing and accessories available for purchase?
We asked the Regency if they would donate one of their suites for the weekend so a group of upscale ladies and gentlemen could come and peruse some of the world's most expensive clothing ... but somehow they just weren't getting the non-profit aspect of it. Tried explaining it as an educational event. They're still laughing. In other words, cash, checks, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express will be accepted when you reach the checkout line.
Seriously though, I know that Chuck will have a small stock of his newest ties arriving from Italy tomorrow available for purchase. I'll be bringing some Zimmerli and a bit of Pantherella ... including some items which aren't yet on the market ... and the ability to measure for single Ready Made shirts. As previously mentioned, Gabor will be accepting Vass special orders. That's not the focus of the event but, heck, what's a clothier with nothing to sell? Is there anything we should bring?
Yes. Please come prepared. If you have questions for us, make a list of them and bring it. If you have a particular garment about wish you would like to ask something, bring it along (remember, double-needle stitched shirts will be burned if placed near my bespoke shirts). You may have photos, clippings, a post from a forum you didn't fully understand, or other visual aid with which you want assistance. Bring it. After all, that's the whole purpose. We want to overcome the limitations of the written word and poor-quality web-based photography. Thanks for all of your support. Keep those R.S.V.P.s coming. See you this weekend.