A Gentleman’s Agreement

Hey! That's my jacket!

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I’d seen a gorgeous but very distinctive blazer at the opening of the Ted Baker store on Newbury St. in Boston, and how I agreed to buy it on one condition—that they send the other two identical ones to Miami or L.A. (so I wouldn’t run into anyone else in Boston wearing it). Ray Kelvin, the man behind the brand, and his executive VP of U.S. retail, Paul Griffin, said that was impossible, so I said, “Fine. I’ll still buy it. But if I ever see anyone else wearing it around here, I get to come back and go for a $795 shopping spree.” Both of them shook on it.

Ted Baker London in Boston

Clearly, the fashion gods are smiling on me, because two years later, at a crowded party, I found someone sporting the exact same blazer. It turned out to be my friend Tom Weisend, and I got photographic proof, then mouthed off about it online. MIRABILE DICTU! A short time later, I received a phone call from Kristin Johnson, GM of the Boston store, inviting me in for a private shopping spree one night after the store was closed, wine and nibbles included.

Wine and chocolate help the shopaholic!

My Mama didn’t raise no fools, and a deal’s a deal. So last Monday, Sam and I invaded the store and proceeded to select a pile of merchandise that (out of fairness) included a gift for Tom Weisend—a pair of boxer briefs worthy of coddling the crown jewels.

A gift for Tom

Having the store to ourselves was a definite plus, and though Sam was shy about picking anything out, he made off with a plaid shirt as soft as a newborn you-name-it, while I scored a hat, trousers, shirt, and a pair of boots I’ll probably look at a few hundred times before actually daring to wear them.

Sam's new shirt

Of course, the wardrobe infusion is most welcome, as was the smarmy gratification of winning a bet.

But even better, I’m pleased to say that honor still exists.

And Ted Baker has an undyingly loyal fan in me.

Fashion accomplished!

The final haul!

4 Comments

  1. Posted September 6, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Yup, that’ll do it. You have my aprpeication.

  2. Posted September 6, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Too many compliments too little space, tanhks!

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