you're a mean one

I grew up in mill valley and now I live in los angeles.  my parents moved up to the california wilderness last year, and so there's really no excuse for me to visit mill valley anymore.  my two best friends from home (sasha and natalie) have both moved away to brighter cities - in sash's case, a brighter country - and I miss going up to the bay.

 but I got my chance this weekend!

we spent the weekend in san francisco.  I mentioned in an earlier post that all of my dad's shirts are tailored.  on friday, my dad took my brother and me to britex, a fabric store where christian louboutin and anna sui shop.  he told us to pick any fabric we wanted, and then we would get our measurements to have shirts made.  britex is four stories tall and full of beautiful fabric.  
how do you choose just one?
my brother had a rather easy time of it.  I knew I wanted something with lobsters because I'm strange.  charmin, the buyer and heiress of britex, escorted me around the story, showing me various fabrics and explaining where they came from. there were fabrics with sailboats, paper doll cut-outs, monopoly pieces, french lettering, candy, spoons, basically anything you can imagine. the fabric I finally chose is something I fell in love with immediately - it reminds me of jules verne and biology books from the 1800s and taschen.  I can't wait to see it become a shirt.

after we went to britex, we went down the street to seymour's, which is my dad's tailor.  it's in a thin building with illuminated marble in the lobby, wide elevators and narrow doors.  I got to choose everything about the shirt, from the amount of buttons to pockets, and even the collar. the shirt will be ready in a few weeks, and I'll post photos!