Friday, 30 April 2010

Home Sweet Home

After an extra 5 days on the road due to the travel disruptions, Dad & I are finally back home in Cumbria. The trip turned out to be our busiest yet as we brought out the most fittings ever for a trip to the States.

It was also my first trip with the company and one that was a fantastic and greatly enjoyable experience. It was a pleasure to meet all of our American customers, old and new alike and I thank them for their patience and friendliness as Dad went through the various processes with me, whether it was the fittings or going through cloth selection and being able to give my own input and opinions. It was greatly appreciated.

Also I would like to say a special thank you to Chris Despos with whom we met at his beautiful shop in Chicago. It was great to finally meet him for the first time, though it was a shame it just had to be a quick flying visit as we both had full days. I'd like to thank him for his hospitality and offer of using his premises and facilities should we ever need them to show a certain cloth book which we might not have with us or to press up a job that we have. A great example of the community spirit that exists amongst tailors.

Also, just a little mention to the Kimberly in New York, where Dad has stayed for the past 14 years & where I've stayed before, when visiting New York for a Holiday. They've been re-furbishing the hotel over the last couple of  years and dad said they finally got round to his suite, probably because they heard I was coming.

They've done a great job and along with the new rooftop penthouse, which has been turned into a beautiful rooftop lounge and bar, simply called Upstairs. As you can see it boasts an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the famous Manhattan skyline, in particular a great shot of the nearby Chrysler Building.

Upstairs is available for party bookings through long-term friend of Dads, Valerie Blasi, who can be contacted on 212-702-1640.


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

We're Still Here!!

Just to let everybody know that we are still in Boston, USA due to the travel disruptions caused by the Icelandic Volcano eruption.

We now have an American cell phone number below, on which you can reach us on whilst we're still here and on all future trips to the States.

(617) 794 0039

We were meant to be flying back to the UK last night, Tuesday 21st, April but are now due to fly back to the UK on Sunday, 25th April, which means
we won't be back in the office till Tuesday, 27th.

Despite the confusion over our travel arrangements and extra few days we are having to spend here, we are hoping to take the opportunity to take in some of Boston's sights and sounds, especially as this is Matthew's first visit to Boston. Starting with last nights NBA Play-Off game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat at the TD Garden, Boston.

It was a fantastic night and a great win for the Boston Celtics which certainly pleased the home crowd and the electric atmosphere was a great experience and one in which I'm glad I let Matthew talk me into as he is a big basketball fan and has been to a couple of NBA games before in Phoenix, Arizona as he is a Phoenix Suns fan, after spending a couple of weeks in summer camp there when he was younger.

Also we must say a thank you to all our customers who we saw on this trip for fittings and also for new commisions, it was a great opportunity for Matthew to finally meet the customers in person and experience what it can be like to be on the road. All of which will help him in his development as he learns "the ropes" of the trade.

Finally due to the sucess of this trip and high number of fittings we had to bring out, it looks like we will have to delay our usual June trip to the States to around the second week of July. This in turn will give us time to finish the fittings we have and prepare any future fittings.