The days were beautifully autumnal in Manhattan earlier this week, as demonstrated by the view from the 42nd floor of the Four Seasons hotel on 57th Street. This particular Four Seasons may be the only hotel that employs four full-time staff to do nothing but record the preferences of the guests so that their desires can be met before the guest thinks to ask, which is one of a number of things that make it one of the great places to stay in the world.
Another asset of the Four Seasons is that it is directly across 57th Street from what after this coming weekend will be the new home of the New York branch of haberdashers Turnbull & Asser. I stopped in to say hello to Robert Gillotte, the well-dressed man who heads the bespoke shirt department, hoping we could get photos of the new space before it is occupied but, sadly, insurance or the lack of it made that impractical and we are hoping instead that Rose Callahan will be able to give you a first look early next week. The views over there ought to be very good too.
Gillotte reminded me that for years he worked with Calvin Klein when Klein was a customer of Anderson & Sheppard, whose book launch party was the reason I was in town in the first place. And it was our view that Klein never looked so good as he did in those days. It all made sense to me then.