CONSTANT CLOSET (4)
April 14, 2021
When friends tell me I have a good eye for spotting vintage clothing at the thrift store, I think of the many hours I spent ironing at Sweet Doomed Angel, Milwaukee’s coolest vintage clothing shop. I worked there from late 1979 to sometime in the early 80s, and it remains one of my favorite jobs ever. Leaning over the ironing board, I learned to identify old clothes not only by their cut, but by their fabrics — how the cloth was woven, and how it felt to the touch. Now when I scan the racks at the thrift store, I wait for those vintage fabrics to jump out at me. There’s nothing like vintage gabardine, and this gorgeous men’s shirt from the 1950s is one of my few remaining pieces from Sweet Doomed Angel. I try not to let nostalgia clog up my closet, but even though I last wore this shirt on a regular basis in the 1990s, I can’t let it go.
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