Yesterday my best friend left for a week-long apartment hunting trip to London-Town. Her and the fiancé are just relocating for a ‘lil while. I know the bitch is breaking my heart just so she can say, “Oh, hahahah, that’s just like when I lived in London…" Very Amanda Bynes in ”What A Girl Wants,” without the whole, “Colin Firth, are you my daddy?" thing.
I told her to prep for the trip by watching Midnight In Paris, substitute the Eiffel Tower with Big Ben and Hemingway with Dickens, or I dunno, J.K. Rowling? Apart from my jealousy, this trip got me thinking about my “quasi” hometown. I am 1/2 Waterman you know, and the Watermans are a British institution! No one sells naughty books quite like they do!
My British fervor practically had me seein’ Prince Harry in ma dreams, not that he wasn’t there already, but lucky me, Burberry decided to drop this short on craftsmanship just a few days ago and calm my cravin’ for somethin’ of the Pattinson variety. I mean, what’s more British than Burberry?!
In 1880, Burberry introduced gabardine, a hardwearing, water-resistant yet breathable fabric. This allowed Burberry to become the outfitters for Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, and Ernest Shackleton, who led a 1914 expedition to cross Antarctica. A Burberry gabardine jacket was even worn by George Mallory on his ill-fated attempt on Mount Everest in 1924, but we can just chalk that one up to a factory defect…
In 1914 Burberry was commissioned by the War Office to adapt its officer’s coat to suit the conditions of contemporary warfare, resulting in the “trench coat.” After the war, the trench became popular with “civilians,” otherwise known as “people,” and the video above brings such wartime nostalgia to surface.
Typically there is a stigma associated with fashion, that it is frivolous and irrelevant to society. However, in addition to the positions directly related to the manufacturing of apparel, the fashion industry creates jobs in many other sectors such as printing, shipping, distribution, magazine publishing, advertising, publicity, merchandising, and retail. This Burberry film highlights the unique heritage of British industry that is often unnoticed by the average consumer.
So what I’m really tryina say is, if ma bestie don’t walk off that tarmac with a some sort of Burberry trinket, there will be HELL to pay! HELL I tell ya!