Yesterday menswear omnivore Derek Guy of Die Workwear! and Put This On started a tumblr devoted to the wit and wisdom of menswear legend Charlie Davidson, the octogenarian owner of The Andover Shop. “The Quotable Charlie Davidson,” a breezy little print tome, would be a logical next step.
Charlie-isms are rare, hence their value. When I interviewed him over several occasions for The Rake, he was an absolute aphoristic sound-byte spewing machine. Only trouble was that none of it had to do with the story I was trying to write. Charlie is a delightful conversationalist but a frustrating interview subject.
The icing on the cake is the delightful self-contradictions of some of his greatest epigrams. I got him to cough up, “I can’t believe anyone with taste would buy anything over the Internet.” Meanwhile The Andover Shop recently revamped its website.
Pictured above is the legend working the floor of his Cambridge shop, where according to sources he barely takes a moment to sit down all day long. “It’s a party in here every day,” he told me of his retail career, and why he has no plans to retire.
Finally, The Rake has OKd release of my profile on him, from which the above photo by Tasha Bleu was taken. Look for it next week. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD