Friday, 30 April 2010
Home Sweet Home
After an extra 5 days on the road due to the travel disruptions, Dad & I are finally back home in Cumbria. The trip turned out to be our busiest yet as we brought out the most fittings ever for a trip to the States.
It was also my first trip with the company and one that was a fantastic and greatly enjoyable experience. It was a pleasure to meet all of our American customers, old and new alike and I thank them for their patience and friendliness as Dad went through the various processes with me, whether it was the fittings or going through cloth selection and being able to give my own input and opinions. It was greatly appreciated.
Also I would like to say a special thank you to Chris Despos with whom we met at his beautiful shop in Chicago. It was great to finally meet him for the first time, though it was a shame it just had to be a quick flying visit as we both had full days. I'd like to thank him for his hospitality and offer of using his premises and facilities should we ever need them to show a certain cloth book which we might not have with us or to press up a job that we have. A great example of the community spirit that exists amongst tailors.
Also, just a little mention to the Kimberly in New York, where Dad has stayed for the past 14 years & where I've stayed before, when visiting New York for a Holiday. They've been re-furbishing the hotel over the last couple of years and dad said they finally got round to his suite, probably because they heard I was coming.
They've done a great job and along with the new rooftop penthouse, which has been turned into a beautiful rooftop lounge and bar, simply called Upstairs. As you can see it boasts an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the famous Manhattan skyline, in particular a great shot of the nearby Chrysler Building.
Upstairs is available for party bookings through long-term friend of Dads, Valerie Blasi, who can be contacted on 212-702-1640.