Saks has announced that the new Kiton range of suits list at $7,000. The “special order” version is priced at $20,000. They say it takes them 25 hours to make a jacket. ( Our bespoke jackets take about 40 hours to make.) Compared to Brioni’s $43,000 suit it sounds like the bargain of the century . And I thought $6 for a coke at Westminster was outrageous. I am obviously behind the times.
My two days at The Westminster Kennel Club show - February 9 & 10 - were a happy change of pace from my usual days at 11 East 44th Street. The show, which is the best run dog show on the planet, had a few less dogs and a smaller gate; but those who did attend , both breeders and observers, were smiling for two days. Even in the informal setting of the Madison Square Garden “benching” area, I was aware of what people were wearing. Not many men were wearing jackets and ties. This came as no surprise- one can stand on 5th Avenue in mid-town Manhattan and the well dressed man is the exception. We still sold a lot of ties . And although few men wear felt hats, we soldsusex a fair number of baseball caps with one’s favorite breed embroidered on the front. This year’s winner was a Sussex Spaniel. Alas, we do not offer the breed on our ties or caps. Wait till next year !