It's been suggested enough times over (that to ignore it would be bad) that The Red Velvet Shoe should have a floor of treasures entirely for men. I've found some really great things over the years (those vintage ascots among my favorites) and when I do throw them out there, they usually go like hotcakes. So, why not? To be honest, I don't know very much about vintage menswear. I tend to spend most of my time "researching" everything so I can properly present it, which makes me weary & confused and, worst of all, extremely slow about adding new merchandise to any floor, never mind one for Vintage Menswear.
Digging through my inventory this weekend I decided to bite the bullet and just do it. As I type I am awaiting replies from Pratt Institute Libraries & an assistant curator at RISD, not to mention the now-famous editor of M: The Civilized Man, my go-to guy for anything menswear related. In the meantime, without giving you too many erroneous details, here are a few of the treasures that will debut on the "Vintage Menswear" Floor of The Shoe.
Vintage navy blue silk jacquard dressing gown from Shepard's Men's Store (old-world Providence, RI)...this beauty is the equivalent of champagne, dark chocolate & pom frites with lots of salt, vinegar & ketchup with far less calories and much more sharing ability...I already want to keep it.
"Deux Coups de Chapeau" / Costume, et Pardessus, de Lus et Befve
Illustrator: Mourgue, Pierre
Designer: Lus et Befve
My 10 years as Administrating Assistant of a Fine Art & Picture Framing Gallery paid off...it's an original plate and in excellent condition..not to mention the mat colors & frame, although modern, were well chosen and have an air of antiquity to them.
"Original, well chosen, with an air of antiquity"...that has a certain ring to it.
(updated 4 June 2012 to announce Grand Opening)