Having custom-made clothing was always part of our plan for the China experience, but we kept putting it off because “we had time.” A few weeks ago we found out just how much time we had and put our long-delayed plan into action. A trip to the South Bund Fabric Market, three floors of custom tailors resulted in Melinda having her favorite blouse duplicated, albeit with a few tweaks to improve it, and getting a dress custom-made. I opted for a leather jacket. Then, as the second year of our “Shoes & Tattoos” anniversary celebration we both had a pair of custom boots made at Yan’ye Custom Shoes, on Middle Fuxing Road.
Melinda had hers made first while I was indecisive, but as the deadline drew near Melinda remembered all the things I said I wanted in a shoe and the result was this pair of ankle boots in Hutong Gray (A Beijing hutong, my favorite Chinese neighborhood, is built with gray bricks, has a dark gray/black tile roof and a red door)