Yesterday I was in town in the morning with some time to kill so I thought I’d drop in and see how John Simon’s new store at Chiltern St was doing.
This was only my third visit since he’s opened a couple of weeks ago and the shop is getting ever more stock and slowly taking on an appearance of an aladdin’s cave similar to the store in Russell St.
The new shop is much better though, having several rooms with different stock in and feeling like an ivy labyrinth.
Some really nice blazers had just arrived from DNA in Italy one of them meant for my friend Fred in LA.
John knew we were the same size so asked me to try the 40 on. If it wasn’t already sold I’d have taken it myself but put down an order for one from the next consigment.
A box of very nice JSA branded plaid button downs, one a popover, also arrived in the same shipment. The material was soft and thick flannel like and I much preferred them to the dress shirts the store opened with.
The shop seemed busy with people popping in every few minutes and I hope that the feeding frenzy when new products arrived continues. It’s really good to see John in his element again and to have a focal point for those of us who love and understand classic American style clothes.