Cape With Roses
Photos by Nelson
The Style Crone received these lovely flowers from dear friends for her birthday, which inspired the wearing of the Lloyd Allen black/red 80’s cape made of sweatshirt fabric for lunch with adored friends. This cape was purchased at Neusteter’s Department Store during the hat shop days, and it was the outfit of choice for many a rose delivery!
During the days of Les Chapeaux, the rose delivery service was created by my business partner and The SC as a way to market our hats, provide another source of income, and have an extraordinary amount of fun. We delivered a beautifully wrapped long stemmed red rose, dressed to the nines in a hat, gloves, and the chosen outfit of the day. At the moment of delivery we recited the message that was desired by our client, presented the rose and a card with the inscribed message to the recipient, and made a dramatic exit. Our deliveries were ordered for celebrated receivers in restaurants, work sites, and other locations across the city. It was a form of community theatre and I loved creating a ‘special moment’ and the element of surprise. So when I see red roses, memories of rose deliveries flood my thoughts and in this instance, the red and black cape was included in the recollection! Capes are on my mind!!!