June 18th, 2012

Shopping for Upscale Menswear in NYC

And I'm back. I've just started a fic that will heavily feature shopping for men's clothing in New York, NY. I entered that phrase into google (men's clothing new york, ny), and I promptly despaired.

I don't know how relevant their styles would be, but I'll include them:

The character directing all of this shopping (Arthur from Inception, for those familiar) is particularly into suits and derivatives thereof, all probably of the bespoke/custom-made variety, or at least with some very fine tailoring. He's into very modern cuts and playing with lots of subtle patterns in the same outfit, and he tends to go for colors other than black. If there are any less-well-know places you'd recommend, I guarantee he'd know about them because he's like that. I feel like he'd also be very into good service.

The character generally being shopped for (Eames, of course) is into more relaxed fits, though still well made and fitted just like they're supposed to be, and more 1950's style cuts. He also likes loud/bright colors, bold patterns, and tweed. He's not familiar with NY, so he wouldn't be suggesting anywhere to go.

What I really want to know is where you particularly like to shop/where you wish you could shop if money wasn't an object, which it really won't be for these two. Any more casual but still high-quality places you feel like telling me about would also be greatly appreciated.

If you could also include where exactly (or just generally) the stores are so I know what sort of order to have my guys go to them, I would love you forever.

Thank you ever so much in advance, I feel like it would take me forever to figure this out on my own.

Afghanistan, 1980's; clothing, towns and minor details

1980's Afghanistan: clothing and town names

So, I've got a story that's set in 1980's Afghanistan – the rural, mountain areas. While the Taliban is a heavy presence in the story, and the current military/political situation is discussed, it's not the focus. I have questions mostly about clothing and a few random ones.

My POV characters are a Lebanese spy, working as a travelling tinker in the rural mountain areas and an 'American' alien hunter, introduced while being a prisoner of a small group of Taliban.

On to the questions:
What would a woman wear in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan in Taliban held/influenced territory? I'm assuming a chadri (blue?). Is there any significance to colors of chadri, what might the frequent colors of it be, for daily wear? Is chadri the right term for the area? That's what I got from my googlin'. Are sandals/bare feet acceptable (assuming rural and poor)? Young girls do not wear full veil do they?

What do men wear? In particular, any sort of headgear? My 'spy' is currently wearing a second-hand Russian military jacket, what would he wear on his head (his is both Muslim and pretending to be Muslim). I'm also assuming that an adult male would be bearded.

I'm assuming that alcohol is totally banned in the area, what about cigarettes? Tea? Coffee?

Finally: This is set in the modern day but I'm mostly trying to avoid direct reference to actual living people who might be in the area, due to the touchy nature of anything to do with the Taliban, Afghanistan, the war etc. I need names for small, rural towns in the mountainous areas. I found a list of city's towns on the 'net but I'm looking for a way to either make sure my town name is so common it can't be pinned to a particular place, or can be written in a variant spelling so it's not 'really' a real place. The current town name I've got is: Maḥmūd-e Rāqī .

Is there some way to 'generic' that, or is it already generic enough? I can't read Arabic so I have no idea what it actually says/means in English.

Any little anecdotal details people might like to share about common foods, etc would be great to!