Writing this on the planeride back to Dallas... Â I hope It's Dallas... I haven't slept in a week but I am pretty sure we're flying toward the Southwest... Many pictures will follow, editing them in flight is a pain :-) Some impressions from my weekend... Alex Â He was hard to get a picture of on Friday because he was moving so fast. Â By Saturday evening his spectators had crippled him and catching up to him was easier. Â Alex's depth of knowledge is truly fascinating. Â Think about a great professor you had - an amazing depth and breadth of knowledge of the subject is one thing but a great teacher can explain it in a way that is easily understood and fun - That's Alex. Â THose who looked at his work will agree - from a technical standpoint it's just amazing. Â His son, Damian is a real pro with fabrics and has learned his craft well - he'll tell you why he likes something and why he doesn't like something that might be more expensive. No BS, no nonsense - he can discuss fabrics with anyone. Here's Alex and the famous Cashmere shirt... Â For those who thought $2400 for a cashmere shirt is over the top we convinced Alex to throw in the Teddy Bear for no additional charge - the bear comes with a shirt. Gabor and Vass I learned how to say it - it's "Vahsh".... Which must be Hungarian for "WOW.". Â The shoes were simply incredible and Gabor brought along shoes in various states of construction/deconstruction to show off the handwork. Â These shoes were simply too beautiful. Â I eventually settled on the Oxford Medallion in a medium cognac brown for myself. I hadn't met Gabor prior to our arrival on Friday but he's one of the nicest gents you would ever want to meet. Â He knows his product and I watched him work with a client who needs superlative fit due to some issues with his feet and Gabor was just terrific - he really worked to make sure that every question was answered and he spent a lot of time asking his visitors good questions to ensure that he really understood their needs. Â Can't say enough about Gabor and his lovely companion Marta. Jill and I hit it off with Gabor and Marta immediately and sharing the front room all weekend was a delight. Â I can't wait to see my shoes and wear them - my feet are DEAD. right now. Darren Beaman Â Disclaimer - Darren is a dear friend and I have no objectivity but I love his work and the way he goes about it. Â Watching Darren do a fitting is very interesting. Â One gent was there having his fitting on the suit he will wear to his wedding. Â At first he stood very stiffly and Darren was just looking at some basic things about the fit. Â I was chatting with the gent's fiance and explained that what came next was not accidental - Darren is brilliant at getting the 'fittee' to loosen up and relax so that Darren can really get the fit right. Â Darren is a comedian - you can't help but laugh around him and as soon as he had his client entirely at ease and laughing the pins and chalk were flying... before he knew it Darren had fit the suit to him the way he normally stands and moves rather than fitting it to him as he stands very still and straight - nice. Â Darren had some fabulous fabrics including a Scabal 150's with a 24k gold pinstripe. Â Would I wear it? Â Dunno - but it was amazing. Â My favorite was the Scabal Cashmere/Vicuna sportscoat swatches. Darren in action: Demonstrating how to properly measure a butt with Andy. Â Disclaimer: Â Andy is only wearing a CF tie because I removed his other one and blew my nose on it... he's not shilling. I think I have Audio of my fitting with Darren - when I edit it for television we'll post it but suffice it to say that the audience had a great deal of fun entirely at my expense. ...I do LOVE this vest - WOW~. When Jill disappeared it was always to Darren's swatch collection - he doesn't know it yet but he's gonna be making Jill some suits.... Oh... the ties..... Â I have not been home in 8 days but have most of the new ties shot and edited, will have them up ASAP. Â It was wonderful to visit with so many of you to see what people reacted to, what they loved, what they'd like to see... Â My only regret was that the time was too short. Â Thanks to all of you who stopped by with so many good questions and ideas. Thankfully I got one shot of the 'Display' before we tore it apart... Â Jill spent an hour getting everything laid out nicely and we tore it apart in 5 minutes... there may be a way to keep 100 seven folds in order, we have yet to figure it out. Â I'd say the 'hits' were the new cashmere/silk blends and some of the new ultra dense mogador fabrics that we do in both 7 and double 4 fold construction. Plane is about to land, they confirmed it was Dallas so I'll wrap it up and post this when I get home and unpacked. Â Thanks to all who showed up and I'm looking forward to next time. Final idea - women wearing ties.... Â new fashion idea we simply must work on, thanks to Jill and Joni for the idea.
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