March 12, 2010
Wednesday morning, 11 a.m. The line for the Liberty of London for Target pop-up store at Bryant Park was around the block. All female. All caffeinated. Visibly hyperventilating.
I had the privilege of spending my 15 minutes of ladylike line-waiting behind this smashing ensemble of orange coat, white Kate Spade bag, skinny jeans and boots. O, to be young and bangin’.
I want you to know that I brought NO KNITTING. I needed to have all my wits about me. (Instead I whiled away the time talking to you on my cell phone.)
Once inside, the delirium overtook any thought I had had of taking photos. It’s a very non-Targetty atmosphere in there. “Heady” is the word. I thought I was imagining the scent of hyacinths, but no. Real hyacinths. Boys and girls with headsets, smiling and restocking as fast as they can. Armloads of umbrellas did not make it across the floor to their destination—too many takers.
The stuff is great. I scored a not-to-be-disclosed number of the men’s shirts. To those who, like me, worried that the fabric would not be up to snuff, quality-wise, be assured that it’s lovely. One of the dashing floor managers (who did not blink when I asked him “what size is the shirt you’re wearing?”) told me, “This is the nicest shirt I’ve ever worn.” I’ve laundered and pressed one (in the service of Scientific Research), and while the fabric may not technically be Tana Lawn, it’s certainly inspired by the true story of Tana Lawn. Very fine and light, with a silky hand and a great willingness to submit to Rowenta. I’m not taking any of them back.
Ann! This weekend we are meeting up at the Madison Knitters’ Guild’s annual shindig! We are going to be blabbing our heads off, like never before! Can’t wait!
I leave you with a parting image of Heaven on Sixth Avenue. It would make a good quilt, no?
The Liberty for Target pop-up store at Bryant Park will be there for 2 more days–today and tomorrow. Git on it!