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Looking just now at an article on the boutique which the owner tells us endures no more than one or two customers a day, I see a scarlet men’s jacket that, if it has any appropriate use at all, would be for a Fox hunt – if one were to go foxhunting in a rhinestone-encrusted Rolls Royce with Liberace. We’ve seen his blue Ostrich jacket and hoodie that wouldn’t get a second glance on a Manhattan street despite its price and provenance and his python jacket looking for all the world like something a scaly Trump Campaign manager might have shed. No need to say more.
I’m not sure Bijan is still located at 420 N. Rodeo Drive. There have been some property sales there of late, and that sort of establishment has been having some hard times in our once again great country. It was easy to locate though, because of the gold Bugatti always parked at the door. It seems to have been there for a long time and mostly for atmospheric purposes like a cigar store Indian of a past epoch, not that these curb ornaments really are meant to be used as a car anyway.
I’m really not the sort who makes fun of the rich out of populist jealousy, but as the man said the very rich are different from you and Me. Oh yes indeed. Paul Manafort was very rich, even if it wasn’t his own money or even legal money, and he liked to flaunt it even if the sartorial effect was not as splendid as he thought. His trial must be quite difficult for him even if the jumpsuit is rather slimming, but I think one can’t appreciate the feel of the fall unless you’ve been in his gold soled Guccis. Sic transit Gloria Mundi.
Not everything at Bijan is affordable only to Russian oligarchs, however. You can still get a $700 T-shirt and they have “fragrances” too, which somehow reminds me of the old saw Pecunia non olet, for Money doesn’t stink. Its owners are another matter entirely.