As promised I'm posting the custom coat Eric had made for me while I was in China. After getting home and unpacking I pulled it out and wore it on my first winter day here in Atlanta. It is wonderful. It fits like the leather seat in a Mercedes AMG.
I'm posting a few details in the event you'd like to buy one for yourself or a friend.
This one is made from chocolate brown wool and has cream and brown striped silk lining with edge piping. The double breasted design keeps the wind out. I love the top loading front pockets. (But you can get side loading.) They are easy to access and are deep enough for small books, sketch pens, and phones.
There are also two inside pockets on either side. They are easy to access and I can place wallets, passports, or travel documents in them. They are also reinforced around the opening to maintain shape. The silk interior lining is buttery soft, smooth, and elegant.
I love putting the coat on. My arms slide into the sleeves without effort and the thick material wraps around me and almost closes by itself.
Tonight while filing the car with gas, I turned up the collar and stood in the wind. Just because I could. The wind didn't faze me. I felt no chill.
Some have asked about quality, availability, and cost. So I asked Eric if he could supply some details. It's a simple three step process.
- Choose a basic coat style from the picture (or you can provide your own).
- Eric makes a custom order form so that you can choose additional options.
- Complete the form, send it back to him with payment.
If you have questions (or just want to say you sent an email to China), you can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He's very responsive and he'll customize it to just about anything you want.
(Disclaimer: I don't receive any royalties or income from his sales. However, if you do order it might mean I will not need to send him any money that month. I'm just saying.)
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society. - Mark Twain
Eric's friends invited us over for lunches and dinners every day this week. One of them had us wear "mop slippers." We sort of buffed the floor as we walked around the apartment. What a great idea. This is how you can get someone else to clean the floors for you.
We rode buses all over Shandong. We visited jewelry stores and stationary stores and clothing stores. We even visited a video store with a secret door to a back room with shelves and tables stuffed with classic movies and the latest releases.
At a special coffee shop we sat on plush chocolate colored velvet couches and drank four dollar and fifty cent coffee and ate cheese cake slices. (I didn't complain, someone else was buying.) We visited with friends as if time didn't exist.
And so the time is spent. It's over. We return.
How will life ever be the same?
A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. - Robert Orben
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Yesterday I went out with a friend shooting images. His major was photography. It was an overcast day so we kept the horizon out of the picture (That's a photographer's secret. On an overcast day the colors are vibrant but you have to avoid the horizon.)
We tromped around the hills and local village and found this old abandoned building. We shot it with a wide angle lens (15mm) and then a telephoto lens (120mm) but nothing was gelling for me. Finally I got the best image from my iPhone. The lock picture is the result.
We got the custom coats back from the tailor. They are beautiful. I'll post a picture soon.
Got to dash off. I'm not sure what is planned but I know that it's the last day and we have a full day ahead.
The world is a playground, and life is pushing my swing. - Natalie Kocsis
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(By the way, the picture you see here was taken in the main stairway to a friend's apartment. They were the ones I mentioned that paid two years in advance for their 6th floor pad. But after moving in, they were told that an Internet connection was not available. He was told "all the connections are in use." Maybe it has something to do with this box? I told him: "Give me a wire and I'll fix it for you." I'll do whatever it takes to keep my blog readers connected!)
We were in transit and it has been crazy busy resettling in the new city. When we were traveling through China in '06 and '08 we moved every week. I don't know how I was able to keep my promise of daily posts. There is a difference between touring and living in a foreign country for sure. As it is Ruth says, I spend too much time on the blog. What does she know? "Hey Ruth, can you bring me another cup of java?" Where is she when I need her? Oh, that's right, she went out sight seeing.
Moleskine book in Chinese characters, just in case.
custom coats made and shipped internationally. I ordered a chocolate brown cashmere three-quarter length winter coat with cream and brown striped silk lining. It will have three inner pockets (one for the iPhone), a breast pocket, and two outer side pockets. (If you are interested he now has an order form and email address: chinadoesitcheaper[at]gmail.com. You can have extra pockets added, custom buttons, stitches, whatever.)
The picture in this post is just a sample of some of the coats he's had made so far. When mine is done, I'll post a picture. Stay tuned.
The only completely consistent people are dead. - Aldous Huxley
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