Monday, April 13, 2009

Dressing room #1

I just love finding out about the extras you would'nt normally come across unless you are in the know. After a shopping at Groupe on Elizabeth I was tipped off on a new shop to check out. This is the case of Olivers, the private made to measure mens shirt shop. Their customized and made-to-measure shirts incorporate all vintage fabrics. Just opening last month, the hidden shop whose entrance is an unmarked dressing room door in the Eleven boutique is jointly owned by vintage collector Oliver Harkness and Brazilian tailor Jussara Lee, who also runs her own namesake boutique in the meatpacking district. The compact, dimly-lit room contains industrial metal racks bearing button-downs and thick overshirts in various shades, stripes, and plaids. Oriental rugs and pair of facing pink-upholstered armchairs create an antiquated feel. The cotton shirts sport mismatched vintage dead-stock buttons and detachable collars backed by stiff linen—the fabric dates back to World War II and was used in Swiss Army military mattresses. Other versions incorporate World War II–era twill and heavy vintage wool. A glass display case holds model collars in various sizes and prints—individual collars are $48 apiece and are available in full-spread, semi-spread, rounded and wingtip styles.

Men, get fitted. Seersucker season is approaching fast.

At your service,

The Boulevardist

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