My morning is often brightened with emails relating to positive stories sparked by GOLDIE magazine®. I have a habit of checking emails in bed with my cup of tea around 7 am. It’s a ritual which works for me, sets the tone for my day, and always fires me with enthusiasm. When I spotted “do you want to know about that shiny suit” I was intrigued enough to open before any other emails in the inbox!
This is what was waiting for me:
Firstly what a wonderful magazine, I really enjoyed reading the articles but the photos are excellent.
I’m not sure if you will be interested in the story of the suit worn by Patrick Cordier, in your Summer Issue. Well, I donated it to Oxfam. Westbourne Grove after it had been resting in my wardrobe for about fifty years, I just couldn’t bring myself to dispose of it sooner. I had it made in the late sixties by a local boutique, I wore it only on a few occasions as I meet a girl who didn’t want to be seen with me wearing it. We then married, hence, there it lay resting in the wardrobe.
On one evening I came downstairs wearing That Shiny Suit and my father said:
“Where are you doing dressed like that?”
“A dinner dance,” I replied.
“They’ll not let you in dressed like that. You should be wearing a dark suit.”
Well, I did get in, and to say I stuck out like a sore thumb would be a total understatement. I did receive a lot of attention from the young ones there, full of compliments and wanting to know more. One young couple, not on my table, apparently had an argument; she was complaining to her boyfriend “why can’t you be more adventurous like that guy over there?” I made sure I kept well away from that couple. It’s a shame that I have no photos of me wearing it.
On another occasion I wore it to a wedding – my girlfriend wasn’t able to attend as she was ill, to her a great relief.- ( Another point to add to the picture, I had very thick shoulder length hair, not too unusual for that era, but it was very ginger/red.). Anyway back to the wedding, I upset the bride as everybody was asking “who’s the guy in the suit?” She never did have a sense of humour and a foul temper to boot, needless to say, they are divorced now.
As I approach seventy I do think I have been so lucky to be born in an era when so much changed: music, fashion, in fact, the whole world, all due to our parents and grandparents sacrifices. But we also had communities and respect which I feel is sadly missing in this day and age. I have included a photo taken recently, it was taken before a wedding I was lucky enough to attend, I’m now called ‘dapper man’ I take that as a compliment as it has come from both young and old.
PS: On the point of That Shiny Suit, it made me realise that I must become a member of my old dress club again, DLABP (Dress loud and be proud). I think my dress style took away my shyness and gave me confidence when younger. I now want to do it to be me again.
That Shiny Suit features in the SUMMER OF LOVE edition of GOLDIE magazine® available to buy at many retail outlets in The UK and in NEW YORK at Casa magazines
Prior to publishing GOLDIE magazine® I researched and wrote about the connection of clothing to creating a positive identity and how fashion can impact our wellbeing. (WEARINGWELLBEING is a now a published academic paper and if you want to know more please join the FB group.) The way I include fashion and style in the magazine is based on these principles. Lee didn’t know my research field but he very clearly demonstrates my theory. Of course, I want to know more so hope to chat with Lee in person and get more tales. The power of clothes to make us new friends…
Thank you, Lee, and to all at OXFAM Westbourne Grove.