Thursday, December 23, 2010

Enjoy Responsibly

Perusing through swatches, those collections of fabrics and skins, is one of life's true pleasures. The sensual delight of leafing through nature's materials - silks, linens, cottons, wools, felts and leathers to name a few - is intoxicating. One touches and caresses the samples. Eyes widen. The mind wanders, and the heart grows fond of the possibilities.

There will be materials too rare and dear to ever own something made in it, and the sheer number and variety of materials available could not possibly be rendered into a wardrobe over a lifetime. But what is intoxicating is being able to see and feel a finished piece - a tie, shirt, suit, hat or pair of shoes perhaps - when all you have is a swatch of material before you. Thoughts of a piece or two can easily turn into an order for three.

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