I haven ‘t purchased a new suit since we jumped on the vegan wagon a dozen years ago. Wool is the problem–we try not to buy it. The bulk of the wool that makes its way into our clothing comes from a single country and I understand that the bulk of the producers there (the people–not the sheep) don’t treat the sheep the way I would care to be treated. Even the happiest sheep on earth can’t consent to give wool. For me it is a golden rule thing. Since I wouldn’t consent to be kept for life in a single location and have my hair taken on someone else’s schedule, let alone volunteer for a few really distasteful procedures which I won’t describe, I have a hard time buying new wool things.
I do on occasion, though, buy used wool. Such was the case with my fancy new suit from the local Goodwill. Made in the USA in 1986 by union tailors (the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, to be precise) and sold at The Andover Shop, it looks and feels like a pretty special suit. For instance, the sleeves have buttons that unbutton! Probably common on custom suits, but I’ve never seen it. Fancy, no?
All for twenty dollars, plus another fifty clams for the tailoring and cleaning. Well worth it, though, as the suit is now well-pressed and the jacket fits wonderfully (the pants already did). For local folks, I can now recommend the tailor at Executive Cleaners. Bring on the bar mitzvahs!