Gazing into the dark street from inside the store, I see a white apparition. This soft cloud is a favorite customer, P. He wears a white fox hat. Attached in the middle of the fur and hidden, is a silver plate that reads “Dior”. He is one of the best dressed men, as he can wear this plate in seriousness. The silver plate amongst the white fur reminds of an astronaut's helmet.

He came by the store to show us the Dior fox ski hat he purchased from INA last winter. He wears it with what used to be a floor length wool coat detailed with a single row of buttons from the center of his back to the ground. He recently shortened the coat to mid-calf length, because the fabric was dragging, and as he says, “At seven in the morning, who wants to worry about lifting it?”

Ideally, P would have a hat to pair with every suit. Another customer in the store inquires about the make and fur of P's hat, as she has a rabbit hat of similar design.

"Don't you worry about your hat being stolen?" the customer asks.

P refuses. “Why worry? I wear the hat for luxury, not for worry.” 

 

Inspired by luxury and a touch of space age, I dedicate these objects to P. 

 

 

From top: Bruce Glen jewel-encrusted wrap bracelet (INA NOLITA); Pierre Hardy velcro-closure, white leather sneakers with cut out polka dots (INA MEN NOLITA); J. Mendel fur shawl with beaded stars (INA NOLITA); white leather boot from former New York boutique, Atelier (INA MEN NOLITA); onyx earrings (INA NOLITA); metal, black-plated choker with silver spikes (INA NOLITA); Fleet Ilya black leather clutch with triangular closure (INA NOLITA); Louis Vuitton fluorescent, Epi Leather hooded jacket (INA MEN NOLITA); Marc by Marc Jacobs ivory, hooded quilted jacket (INA NOLITA); Tateossian turning earth cufflinks (INA MEN NOLITA); Balenciaga patent leather metallic pumps with lime toe (INA NOLITA)l Marc Jacobs wool, sparkle tweed skirt (INA NOLITA).