My Dear Old Mum washed her hands of me… and not for the first time (or last) when we went shopping in New York.
I had bought The Scary One a pink Guess handbag in Macy’s and Mum told me in no uncertain terms Sarah wouldn’t go for it.
It’s still in her wardrobe a dozen years later which is something, seeing most things are usually chucked out after 12 months.
So with clothes shops here in the UK reopening here’s a trawl around the world of some favourite clothes shops.
It’s now or never
Lansky Bros, Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee: And what else would you expect in Elvis’s home city but button-doen shirts.
Lansky does a range called ‘Clothier to the King’ and this is no idle boast.
The Lanskys did clothe the King when he was a wannabe prince off to his Prom.
Then onto the Ed Sullivan Show, on screen for Jailhouse Rock while his last suit was a Lansky too.
All clothes lead to Rome
Dan John Roma, Via del Corso, Rome: Si, Milan gets all the cred for its fashion but the Via del Corso knows its threads too.
So when in Rome, and because la donna wants new clothes and when la donna wants la donna gets, I followed suit.
And bought myself a red shirt with a white colour.
We won’t go into how some pink underwear turned that collar rosé when we got back.
Cave Shepherd, Bridgetown, Barbados: An Old Bridgetown old institution and where you want to come for some old Barbados elegance to take home.
Cave Shepherds are spread throughout the island.
And if you’re staying on the Platinum Coast and don’t venture beyond (not guilty) you’ll find them there too.
Al-Fayed’s old pad
Harrods London: And just like Macy’s in New York when you’re in London you have to visit Harrod’s.
The first thing that struck me about Harrods when I lived down there and visited was the memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed.
Now since Mohamed Al-Fayed sold the world’s most famous store to the Qataris it now resides in his home.
Buy the cheapest thing in the food court (not the caviar) so that you can get your Harrods bag to put your Tesco shopping in.
The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul: The original shopping malls.
And these have the authentic spices of the East, proper Turkish Delight and dress-up stores where you can make like a Sultan.
As well as the beat shopping alley. Why best? Because cats sprawl out on the tables in the Midday Sun.
Where is your favourite store? Let us know and we’ll share.
MEET YOU IN THE SHOP