Shop Talk

After tireless endeavor and exhaustive research this shop hound has actually rounded up for you another first-rate place to get sweaters and, if any of you leisured ladies think that is anything approaching a a cinch, you just try finding a good one yourself. The treasure under discussion goes by the name of Mae and Hattie Green’s and it is situated in the general latitude of East Fifty-second street. Miss Green has a number of numbers, which come, at least spiritually, from Paris, and foremost among these from our point of view is a lovely blue, knitted in a herring-bone design. It has a collar resembling a scarf which twists about and is buttoned down by some engrossing silver balls.

On Third avenue, Number 6#9, exists a place called the Swedish Shop wherein such Swedish things are to be found as some amazing decanters of a very decorative nature. By some they are called grasp bottles; by others chunk bottles, the etymology of this latter term being that when you pour liquor out of the bottles it comes out chunk-chunk-chunk. These and other such bottles are painted with absurd and agreeable flowers and figures in lurid colors, and cost around three dollars. Glasses are made to match.

They say an inch added to the length of Chinamen’s shirts would revolutionize the cotton industry, said Catherine Cleveland, educational director of the Cotton Textile Institute, addressing students of Pratt Institute. Well, we have added eighteen inches to the average length of bed sheets in America since 1929. Five years ago the average length was ninety inches. Within a year it was ninety-nine inches and well on the way to 100. Today nearly all sheets are 108 inches in length. Who knows, perhaps in time we shall have sheets, as in Europe, half again as long as the bed.

That Paradise of debutantes and people who want their feet to look small, the Vanity Boot Shop, on Madison avenue, has come out with a little miracle, a low-heeled shoe with a strap low on the instep, which makes your foot resemble anything but a gunboat. On the contrary your foot, thus shod, looks small, and for this bit of black magic we award Vanity our semi-annual Gold Medal. Anyway, the shoes are made in all colors with perforations and buckles. This way they are grand for the street. If you are so minded you can have them in calf instead of buckskin.

All King Neptune’s favored sons and daughters attended the formal opening of the Colony Surf Club in Deal, N. J., last Saturday night. The scene was set on the wind-swept open-air dance floor with a trillion stars overhead completing the beauty of the setting. Abe Lyman and his orchestra and Sammy White were the evening’s masters of ceremony and guest stars included Donald Novis, Frances Langford and a score of others. This opening is one of the outstanding events on the shore and a gala evening was had by all.

Down the Runway of Fashion comes black sheer hose, new and yet very, very old. Men will be delighted at learning that they are once again in style. For some reason the masculine emotion has always been appealed to by such hose. The Gotham Shop, as well as Altman’s, assert this return to black silk stockings is the result of a trend sighted in Paris. We believe it has something to do with the incoming Spanish mode, when the hemline promises to be a frothy billow of colorful skirts, against which black will be a pleasing contrast.

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