Thank you to J. Press for hosting a wonderful evening. A number of great things happened. First, I FINALLY got to meet Laura Arnold in person.
Mountain & Sackett, the company that is 3rd generation family owned and makes their silk-on-both-sides ties, has their spring collection out. I am going to review it later this week, but the tie I am wearing here is from that collection. You can check it out here. The ties are… remarkable. And, apparently, easy to clean. Before the event, we were hungry, so me and these two hobos:
Ok, so the gum shot is not representative. Though it is funny and I stand by it.
I also got to meet in person Richard Press. This would have been a big deal for me in any event, but man. Mr. Press is one of the nicest, most humble, and funny people of whom I have had the pleasure. What a good man. He made it a point to meet my family. In my former career I met a lot, an awful lot, of people at the top of their field. They do not all turn out like Mr. Press.
One of the reasons I love this job is the people. I have never said that about a job before. But as I continue to preach, Ivy is a qualifier (hey, commenters, nothing is absolute, yes, mean people wear Ivy too, right Kent?) And tie incident aside, this was not my first corporate event. The presentations can get… stale. I mean, the people are there to sell, so you get one-sided. But the themes that kept returning during the presentation here were family, aesthetic, history. It was a pleasure.
There was a Q& A. And I did it. I asked Rhys if there is a period in St – and there isn’t. So I got one in the win column.
Finally, to add counterpoint to the let’s-talk-smack-about-people-we-don’t-know thing, some GOOD stuff about Steve McQueen.
- He served his country. He was a Marine for 3 years.
- He may have saved Bruce Lee’s life. Lee wanted a Porsche 911S Targa and wanted to drive it like McQueen, so McQueen took him out driving. Apparently McQueen knew how to drive, and Bruce Lee got so scared he wound up on the floor of the car. As the story goes.
- He was a big animal lover, and brought home strays all the time. From bars, even.