Thursday, January 20, 2011
Holy Grail Time
Maybe describing a new old stock white buttondown shirt from the late, lamented Huntington Clothiers of Columbus, Ohio as a Holy Grail is a stretch.
But Huntington supplied my shirts for my post-college years, when I lived in Boston and made about $400 a week if I was lucky.
And now, thanks to the magic of eBay, here is Huntington again supplying a shirt. (I now live in rural Connecticut and, er, make $400 a week if I'm lucky. But unlike Huntington, I'm still here.)
This shirt is at least 15 years old. Still in the wrapper, still has the pins in it.
In those days half a dozen shirts ran about $125 with shipping. They advertised in the New York Times Sunday magazine, I think. I'd clip the ad, fill it out, mail it off with a check and a couple weeks later receive a box of Made in USA oxfords, plus a nifty little catalog with some fancier shirts, $40 jobs. Ritzy stuff.
I don't actually need another white shirt in the rotation right now, so I think I will instead construct a shrine for this one.