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!


  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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