I’m not really one for wandering around large outdoor malls full of seasonal scavengers. It is always a little too tempting to make observations that might not add to holiday cheer. I’m much more comfortable sitting around with friends, sipping a beverage and observing the festivities. In San Antonio, there are few places better than the Quarry for outdoor people-watching and muted asides among a group of like-minded individuals. It isn’t London, sadly, but when given lemons, the best thing to do is make lemonade. This shopping mecca was designed around an old cement factory, and they have integrated some of the old buildings, rail lines, and smokestacks (one of which I actually climbed back in the day!) into the Starbucks (there are two of them), Borders, and Whole Foods that beckon to the maddening crowd.
There really isn’t winter here so I can get away with wearing the cotton Operations jacket shown in these photos. If you read my first post about the now deceased Operations clothing line, you will recall my rhapsodizing about the fine detailing of their pieces. This jacket would be the primary evidence I would submit to prove my case. The lining is electric blue, which complements the muted navy of the exterior nicely. The stitching is amazing, really a revelation if you are used to suits that are fused together instead of sewn. The cuffs are fully functional, and you will notice that one of the buttonholes is stitched in the same shade of electric blue that lines the jacket. L speculated that the designers might have used this detail as a shortcut for those looking to match jackets, vests, and the like into one sartorial package. We have no clue, but a test of this hypothesis with the pieces that are in the closet proved positive, with the caveat that our sample size was too small . To really test this, of course, we would have to have more pieces, or perhaps you, gentle reader, knows the answer to this. Were individual pieces of the Operations line kind of like Garanimals for grown-ups — only sold in Soho instead of Sears?