So, we’re walking through the new Century City Mall, in the ritzy section of Los Angeles, next to Beverly Hills; where people drive Mercedes and Rolls Royce manufactured vehicles not even to show off but because their more expensive, nicer car is in the shop – or so they’ve been told by their household staff. And we walk by Ted Baker’s clothing store.
We are not clothing horses. We’re not even people who know where our clothes came from. We don’t know if we bought them first hand, were lent them and forgot to return them, or found them in the laundromat (Suds-n-Suds on Wilshire where you can have a beer (hence suds) whilst your clothes clean (hence the other suds)).
But we stopped in front of the window of Ted Baker’s storefront and fell in love. He had rabbits coming out of old opera hats – the kind that really collapse and open with a snap – much like our pants. He had different exotic decks of cards shown and even had a portrait of a magician that had a 3-D image emerging from it.
But there was something about the shingles. First of all we are talking about the shingles he used to cover the front of his boutique and not the type we contracted and have never had such pain without relief since our days in that special club we joined by accident when first arriving in Hollywood – “Crunch and Pain” sounds like an exercise club and so we excuse ourselves and never associate with the members of what was decidedly not an exercise club – evident by the lack of movement by the members.
The shingles, we learned, were from The Magic Castle. After the fire, Mr. Ted Baker purchased the remnants of the saved pieces removed from the burnt structure. His store has the shingles from the roof on the outside and inside of his store and the front counter has wooden cabinets from the Castle. It is wonderful.
We were told by the very friendly and helpful staff that Mr. Ted Baker has different stores around the world and chooses different themes for each. We were lucky that he chose magic as the theme for this store. We have it on great authority – an employee at the Castle – that Mr. Ted Baker is actually a magician and a member of the Castle.
We’ve never bought clothes for ourselves – not even at Crunch and Pain – but if we were to do so, we would do so at Mr. Ted Baker’s store. If you are in the Century City / Beverly Hills area of California, please do stop by his shop and see all of the wonderful things he has saved from our art’s history. By all means feel the shingles both inside and outside the store. They are loose but they withstand even the most amorous caress.