An open letter

August 6th, 2005 § Four comments § permalink

agnès b.:

You, madame, are one foxy French corporation. Most of your men’s clothing is a perfect match for my own aesthetic (although I wouldn’t have guessed it from your current website). Even your store in San Francisco suits me—simply appointed, with early-vintage Cure songs playing from overhead speakers. Also, since I have the build of a Frenchman, I can only assume that your shirts would fit me properly rather than billowing out like sails.

Your prices, though, give me pause. As much as I would like to exchange $180 for one of your fine shirts, I simply do not, as we say in the States, have that kind of scratch. I’ll let you in on a little secret, though, one that your market research may not have turned up: In America, we have never had a royal family, so the grandchildren of former viscounts who apparently comprise your target market are unlikely to materialize. Might you be willing to offer, say, a 75 percent discount to those of us who are not descended from nobles?

By hoping that this solution will appear interesting to you, I remain, agnès b., sincerely yours,


Return of the amusing link

January 12th, 2004 § Eight comments § permalink

If there’s anything cooler than a dress made of discarded umbrellas, I’d like to know what it is.

(Is that better, Jake? I mean, it’s no breakdancing robot, but…)

Brand new, you’re retro

January 6th, 2004 § Two comments § permalink

Retrocrush is a huge collection of links to information about advertising, fashion, music, photography, design, and all sorts of other stuff from the past. I didn’t spend much time there, since five minutes at that site could easily turn into three hours; of the links I tried, though, by far the best was the collection of 1920s advertisements for the Chicago Rapid Transit Company. Sadly, there are no reproductions available of my favorites, but you’re welcome to buy this original for me.

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