06 April 2011

Britches Tie & 1988

"Ok, that tie in the 12th picture, tell us about it." Zach

Not much to tell. Picked up for $5 at this thrift store.
Wanted the label more than the tie. Britches of Georgetown is my 1988. Living in a $350 studio on St Asaph Street, brunch at Clyde's, vodka and grapefruit in Houston's, starched Duck Heads, Sylvester Stallone on M Street, crabs at the Quarter Deck in Arlington and burgers at the Tune Inn on the Hill. Dusty and PSB provided the soundtrack to Iran Contra hearings and I...Sorry. What was the question?

11 comments:

John said...

Ever make it to Wm. Fox and Co. during your DC days?

martylane_2001 said...

Hah! The Tune Inn. Famous for their surly waitresses.

tintin said...

John- Never did. I was getting the family discount at Britches.

Martylane- and 1/2 address.

Zach said...

Wow. Georgetown? $350? $5?

I thought it looked great with the Tartan shirt. I guess it's a case of ask a question of interest, get an interesting answer. Thanks for the extra pics, and a glimpse of how life was for you when I was but 4 years old.

Tom Buchanan said...

Tintin,

Thanks. That brought back many random memories. Britches was great in the late 80's. I think they went off the rails when they went long on the 1990s Italian double breasted look. They used to sell cans of Clyde's chili, which we thought was a great gift to receive. Despite always having a line down the block, Houstons closed long ago and is now RL's Rugby Cafe. TuneInn is still there. They have not cleaned the place since 1988, but can charge much more for PBR and their crummy food because it is now "hip". And who can forget the visual of Lt. Col. Ollie North with his high and tight being represented by uber Trad Brendan Sullivan.

Tom

Linus412 said...

1986, an u-air conditioned apartment in Ballston, now razed. I still have 3 lovely Britches ties and a blue pinstripe purchased when the Tysons store was closing shop. I keep the latter in case I can suddenly wear a 42L again. Britches lost its way when it over-expanded and open those Britches Great Outdoors stores. Pity.

Phil Asby said...

Some great flashback memories there. BOG and BGO both lost their way - too skinny italian and too many hip hoodies respectively. I'm not as critical of BGO - their Warthog polos were arguably some of the best made I've ever owned. Unlike RL polos they held their shape and color very well after many washings. I still have two of them actually and still wear them. I think my BOG gear has all gone by the wayside unfortunately. Add schooners of bad beer at the Fish (Flesh) Market and I may suffer a complete flashback...

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

WOW...Britches!! There's a brand I haven't seen in ages, not since my days away at boarding school in VA anyway! HA! HA!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Whew! We almost overlapped.

Lived three blocks form the Quarter Deck -- up the hill from the Iwo Jima -- in a building that no longer exists.

What, no mercenaries being arrested at Bullfeather's story?

W and L alum in N. C. said...

Britches---good, but the Georgetown University Shop was GREAT! I lived in Old Town in the late 80's. Many drunken drives home from Georgetown to Alexandria via a ride all the way down the Parkway to Mount Vernon and back just because we could. Fish Market: fun, and that really good Irish pub in Old Town near the City Hall---the rumor was that all of the young Irish waitresses were basically white slaves to the owner. It was a good time to be in D. C. and young, and single. And, while I'm on the subject, what about 219 Restaurant on King Street and their great basement bar and excellent turtle soup? They also had some great live jazz. The Tune Inn---a favorite for the ages, before hip was hip. Thanks for some cool memories.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

W&L Alum, how about that juke box downstairs at the 219? (My folks lived in back of Mt. Vernon. I know that ride well from G'towne.)