I first flew to Paris on TWA flight 800, which some of you will remember had been thoughtfully renumbered sometime after it went into the sea off Long Island. I was traveling on Famous Designer‘s dime to Semaine du Cuir – the leather and suede exhibition where I was to meet vendors I’d known only via phone and fax (hi, I’m old), and hopefully pick up some new sources.
Before I left, I asked the designers for direction in choosing samples to bring back from the show. I will never forget their responses:
- “I’m thinking…sherbet.”
- “Bring me back beautiful things.”
- “I love horsey leathers.”
- “I want the Marc Jacobs jacket that’s at Barney’s.”
Fashion people aren’t like you and me.
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