Hi Russell,quote:Originally posted by Russell Street
Hi there Chris -
(I've enjoyed your posts in the past very much - thank you for them.)
I'm getting on now but sadly I'm not old enough to have shopped at Austins, David's, Clothesville etc.
My knowledge of American clothes starts up on Richmond Hill in the '70's.
I never knew Mr.S. had worked at Austins. Cecil Gee & Burberry yes, but not Austins. Interesting.
I always knew Ian at the Ivy (circa '87 and before) as Ian Roberts, someone told me recently that he was actually called Ian Strachan (or something similar) and had 'retired' to the Forest of Dean. Not that it matters, but what do you know about that? He was a very nice man.
Good to hear from you. I believe Arrow were the shirts at Austins way back when. Is that correct?
Where does the 'Village Gate' chain of shops fit into Mr.S.'s story? It would have been in the '70's too. Do you know? I was in the V&A a while back and they had a V.G. overcoat (I think) as part of one of their displays. A dark green tweedy check, I think. Anyway...
(Obviously You'll get the joke of my name)
I don't remember -- it's something gruesome I think. I remember reading a book on it pub'd in the early 80's by a fellow at the Hoover Institute of all places.