In what must be a good omen, I literally tripped over a stack of illustrated guides to custom tailored clothing from the mid-seventies to the late eighties. The folios were published for Gene and Stuart Felman’s Hong Kong Custom Tailors at 1331 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, and are, I can’t help thinking, something like the pre-internet version of jadaye.com. Stuart Felman, who still runs his Hong Kong custom tailors in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, was a retired insurance salesman who’d had some suits made here and was so impressed he decided to make a buisiness of it. He opened a workroom here in Hong Kong and a store front in the US. In 1966. That would be 43 years ago. Interestingly, it is not the business model which I find so inspiring, but the style. We’ve always been very influenced by the late 1970s, and this little gift from the old woman who sells other people’s rubbish from the stairwell of her apartment building (well, not really a gift- I paid HKD 100 for 15 of them, or less than one US dollar a piece) was just the boost I needed after a rather challenging couple of weeks. Let’s just hope someone is still writing about our Moustache in 2052!
Devoted readers will note that I seem to be making a lot of blog posts today. Yes, this is true, but I’ve been thinking about them for a very long time. So disregard the dates and lose yourself in the rich narrative of Moustache knowing that this humble author has now pledged himself to a punishing but ultimately rewarding blogging regiment.
Now, things have really come along since our antique shopping trip to Zhuhai: as sewing machines whir away, over at 31 Aberdeen Street, a fresh coat of paint (the first of many) has already begun to transform the space. Loyal readers, who will surely recall how charmingly rough around the edges the space appeared on first viewing:
Will be pleasantly astonished by the striking, very lucky shade of blue we have painted it.
A perfect complimentary shade for our collection of antique maps, like this from the wonderful veteran Hollywood Road gallery Wattis Fine Arts:
And our very large map of the P.R.C:
Our lucky dragons:
The patron saint of Moustache, Dr. Sun Yat Sen:
And of course, our beautifully made menswear. Fans of j.a.daye will wonder where is the Moustache, and to that I have to say, you’ll just have to wait until 09/09/09!