It was dirty. It was sloppy. Very often the manufacturers didn’t know exactly what they were doing or how to do it right, but it was a good time in New York, a good time in America. We hired people, people worked, they earned a living. It was honest and, in fairness, the wind was in our sails.
– Leonard S. Bernstein speaking about the New York Garment District of the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Bernstein took over his family’s children’s wear business in 1953, so he knows what he’s talking about.
Just published by Mr. Bernstein is a collection of short stories – The Man Who Wanted to Buy a Heart (University of New Orleans Press). Written on Mr. Bernstein’s manual typewriter, the stories center around the business of fashion in NYC back in its heyday.
I am always looking for well written fiction that includes a bit of fashion. From what I hear this one is excellent and I’m looking forward to reading it.