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The Gap Fires Chief Designer

Gap needs to realize they need to stop selling low quality crap.

I used to shop there but stopped as the prices went up and the quality went down.

It’s typical of the new American Fashion Business Paradigm:  Make poor quality junk and sell it at designer prices….during a recession.

Somehow, I don’t think the designer is totally to blame….

From the Guardian:

For the best part of two decades, it was almost impossible to walk down any street without seeing a Gap logo hoodie or baseball cap. The logo was a powerful symbol of the strength of the US fashion store, which dominated the high street with its simple, clean-cut, college style.

But the brand has fallen out of favour, and with sales dropping at an alarming rate, Gap has admitted that the decline had reached crisis point and announced the immediate dismissal of its chief designer, Patrick Robinson.

via Gap sacks Patrick Robinson as chief designer | Life and style | The Guardian.

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Shocking Truth Behind Donald Trump’s Hair Revealed?

Now that DT is running for President, this is potentially a National Security issue….

I hope they discover and validate the truth behind the world’s greatest comb-over before he’s elected and seals the information forever as a State Secret….

From Vanity Fair:

My baldly-stated thesis: this could be evidence of a rarely-sighted, possibly unprecedented “double comb-over.” It looks as if a length of hair growing from the part on the left side of Trump’s pate has been combed left-to-right over the crown of his head, while a second length of hair, growing from the back of his head, has been combed back-to-front over the first length of hair. Salon-strength hair products likely play a role in the final construction of this lattice-like structure—which could also explain the “ship’s prow” look one sometimes sees in side views of Trump.

Granted, there could be other explanations for the cross-hatching in Trump’s hair, such as a wood-grain tattoo on his scalp. Further study is clearly called for. Now that Trump is running for president, I nominate the Washington press corps to look into it, just as soon as they’re finished writing down everything Michele Bachmann says.

via Shocking Truth Behind Donald Trump’s Hair Revealed? | VF Daily | Vanity Fair.

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How Susie Bayer’s T-Shirt Ended Up on Yusuf Mama’s Back

This is a fascinating article about what happens to donated clothing…

We send tons of stuff to Goodwill each year and I wondered what the process was and what happened to all that stuff.

Now I know…..

From the  George Packer at the New Times back in 2002:

If you’ve ever left a bag of clothes outside the Salvation Army or given to a local church drive, chances are that you’ve dressed an African. All over Africa, people are wearing what Americans once wore and no longer want. Visit the continent and you’ll find faded remnants of secondhand clothing in the strangest of places. The ”Let’s Help Make Philadelphia the Fashion Capital of the World” T-shirt on a Malawian laborer. The white bathrobe on a Liberian rebel boy with his wig and automatic rifle. And the muddy orange sweatshirt on the skeleton of a small child, lying on its side in a Rwandan classroom that has become a genocide memorial.

A long chain of charity and commerce binds the world’s richest and poorest people in accidental intimacy. It’s a curious feature of the global age that hardly anyone on either end knows it.

A few years ago, Susie Bayer bought a T-shirt for her workouts with the personal trainer who comes regularly to her apartment on East 65th Street in Manhattan. It was a pale gray cotton shirt, size large, made in the U.S.A. by JanSport, with the red and black logo of the University of Pennsylvania on its front. Over time, it got a few stains on it, and Bayer, who is 72, needed more drawer space, so last fall she decided to get rid of the shirt. She sent it, along with a few other T-shirts and a couple of silk nightgowns, to the thrift shop that she has been donating her clothes to for the past 40 years.

More:  How Susie Bayer’s T-Shirt Ended Up on Yusuf Mama’s Back – New York Times.

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Tom Ford | On Being a Gentleman

I love Tom Ford…

Mainly because we think so much alike about style and manners…

I just wish I could afford his Italian Cypress cologne…

Tom Ford – fashion powerhouse, film mogul and old school romantic – is the cover star of the spring/summer 2011 issue of Another Man. Alongside web exclusive images from Jeff Burton’s shoot, AnOther presents Tom Ford’s five easy lessons in how to be a modern gentleman, taken from Jefferson Hack’s intimate conversation which appears in full in the issue.

1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.

2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.

3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they’re walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.

4. Don’t be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background.

5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.

via Tom Ford | AnOther.

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My Thoughts: I Hate Sears

This is going to be a bit of a rant…

I hate Sears….

And I can’t even begin to count the ways, but I’ll try.

I always said there were three things you could count on in life:  Death, Taxes and that I would never buy clothes at Sears.

So, they  bought Lands End, who I use to love, and I had to mark them off my shopping list.  Now I was limited to Brooks Brothers, J Crew, Polo/Ralph Lauren and LL Bean….

That only reinforced that appliances were the only reason to go to Sears.

I was raised that if you needed to purchase an appliance- any appliance- you just went to Sears.  That’s what we did.  It was a non-debatable given.  Everyone thought Kenmore appliances were the best and they used to last for years.  My Mother had her Harvest Gold Refrigerator in the kitchen for a good 30 years.  Long after we all wished it would die…

No more.

When we bought and renovated our house about 5 years ago, I bought all the new appliances for our new kitchen at Sears.

I wanted to get the best, so they would last.  Foolish, foolish me….

Within a month, the new refrigerator stopped working and we lost all our food.  When I called for service, I had to speak to someone in Georgia to schedule service in North Carolina.  It was a week to 10 days before they could get to us…When I complained about all the food we lost, they said I should have bought the extended warranty to cover the food.  It was my fault we lost our food.

When the repairman finally came, he said it was a “known problem” and the part that failed on our refrigerator was failing on all the refrigerators of that model.  Of course, they didn’t tell you that when you bought it or pro-actively contact you to replace it.  This also meant they were out of stock for the part and had to order it.  This meant a few more days before they could finally fix it.  We went almost two weeks without a refrigerator.

This was a very expensive 2 door refrigerator with the pull out drawer for the freezer.  I had loved it when we got it, but I can never truly trust it again.

Now, five years later, our top-of-the-line Kenmore Elite dishwasher is dead.

We, of course, only use non-Sears repairmen now.  They do not have any vested interest in us buying new appliances.  We spent about $175 them to fix the dishwasher door last month.   It just started falling to the floor when you opened it.

A couple of days after they fixed that, the dishwasher started making a strange sound.  When the repairman came back today, he said “junk it”.  The stainless steal tub was leaking, the pump was shot and the motor was “sparking.”  He said it would cost almost as much to fix it as to buy a new one.  It wasn’t even safe to use it until we got a new one.

I broke the pattern.  I did not go back to Sears.  I’ll never go there again.  Our relationship is over…

Instead, now I’m waiting two weeks for Lowes to deliver our new Bosch dishwasher.  We have to wait for a special order because I am so picky and had to have a particular model that both had all the features I wanted/needed and was top rated by owners and major consumer magazines.

But I’m not sure I’ll make it.  I’m a Dishwasher addict and can’t imagine washing dishes by hand.

I’ve already told my partner, Steve, this means no one can eat or drink anything in the house, for the next two weeks, unless it is in a disposable container with plastic utensils we can throw away.

The hell with the environment until I get my new dishwasher….

Now that Sears appliances and service are worthless, there is simply no longer any reason for Sears to exist.

It’s time to euthanize them.

Someone please put Sears out of their misery before they kill an appliance again.

Another American Institution has bit the dust and needs to be swept away….

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Forever Prep: Virginia Living Magazine Feature Shot at Sweet Briar College- and some other school

There is a photo spread in this month’s “Virginia Living” magazine called “Forever Prep.”

For  those who don’t know, the Virginia  college circuit is the epicenter of Prep in Virginia and the South.

There is an article in the “paper” magazine also that talks about the Virginia Prep lifestyle of the 1980’s that I and many of my friends were part of at Sweet Briar, Washington and Lee, Mary Baldwin, Hollins, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and UVa….and how it translates to today’s world.

It’s  also a reference to “True Prep” that came out late last year and the 30th Anniversary of the “Official Preppy Handbook”.

The photo’s were shot at Sweet Briar College and Hampden-Sydney…

Sweet Briar makes perfect sense, but Hampden Sydney???

This Washington and Lee Man may have to cancel his subscription….

And I do have a subscription…

It’s a sickness…

Here is the Link: http://www.virginialiving.com/downloads/slideshows/274/slides/0/index.html

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Chapter 52: Sex in the South: Part 2- The Queen of the South | My Southern Gothic Life

New post up on my other blog, MySouthernGothicLife.com….

Here’s a brief excerpt and a link to the full post…

Like fashion, new movies, ethnic food and just about everything else, the Sexual Revolution came late to Danville, Virginia.

However, given the sexually repressive atmosphere, it should be no surprise it led the way in one area:  Outdoor Porn Drive In Theaters.

via Chapter 52: Sex in the South: Part 2- The Queen of the South | My Southern Gothic Life.

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