Friend:: "Where are you?"
Me: "I am in the most amazing store.
Friend: "You're shopping?!"
Friend: "You're joking?
Me: "In highschool, I hated home economics and loved shop class."
Friend: "Really...a hardware store?
Me: It's much more than that.
Friend: Should I order for you?"
Me: No, get sandwiches to-go and meet me here."
Friend: "Are you serious?"
Me: "Yes, or you will have to eat alone."
My friend, Marc, fell in love too. It was probably more than an hour later that we sat outside eating those sandwiches talking endlessly about all the fantastic things we had just seen, both saying how we couldn't wait to bring our spouses to the store.
I lost contact with Marc years ago when I left the corporate world, but the love affair with RH continued. I have purchased many items over the years for myself and in more recent times for clients. I fell in love with a concept that was rooted in early 20th century designs that had both a modern and vintage vibe. It had an industrial edge, but was also classic and traditional. Men loved this store. I never had to convince my husband to stop in. We even shopped every year for stockings stuffers. Fun retro stuff. It became a tradition.
|Mr. Bill knows that without a Belgian linen suit & European vacation, his time at RH is over!|
But, the relationship has changed. Someone decided to get a complete overhaul. Not even a reinvention of sorts. To quote, in part, RH Chairman and Co-CEO Gary Friedman "We've destroyed the previous iteration of ourselves". Why get a facelift when
For some reason, it reminds me how football star Tom Brady is sporting the teen boy hair style these days. Tom Brady is already handsome. So why is trying to look like Justin Bieber? Isn't the addition of Gisele Bundchen and baby Benjamin enough of an enhancement to maintain interest?