So, to recap, K bought a suit a couple of weeks ago but they were unable to fit Middle, who wanted to buy a suit as well.
I'd love to fit you, said the salesman at Nordstrom, but I am not able to. I'd suggest something European, he added, they'll be able to fit your build. (Read: very narrow.)
Middle and I met uptown a few days later and he bought a suit.
It required a great deal of tailoring (his waist measures 22") and parts of it had to be completely re-cut, but it was finished today.
I don't know why they ask him to strike this pose, but they do.
And he does.
They did remarkable work fitting him. It is impeccable. It is beautifully made.
He's ordered dress shoes, they are trapped in customs.
He has no shirt or tie...but the suit is breathtaking.
I had been browsing coats on the internet for about a week.
I am traveling to Germany and London in the next nine months and don't have a coat that will carry me through. I have an anorak and a puffy coat - nothing formal that isn't thread-bare.
I've searched for hours. Wool? Cashmere? Something traditional? Edgy?
After we had a look at Middle's newly tailored suit we went downstairs and looked at coats.
Of course it is the most impressive garment I have ever worn (save for my wedding dress).
It is traditional and edgy at the same time.
It was horrendously expensive and, while I had a list of items I felt I needed in my new job (a tote for my laptop, a new suitcase, boots) I'm not buying any of those things as I've bought this coat.
We called for the tailor.
He measured and pinned.
He lifted the shoulders and checked the drape.
He worked quickly and precisely.
Middle brought his suit home.
My coat will be ready in two weeks.