Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Days of Pant Past

Hollywood Boulevard at Whitley, 1986

Occasionally I like to look back at my neighborhood, to the days when Fashion was available...at a price. Not at a "discount", oh no, but for a price, and that price was a human life. It's just as well the the joint next door was called "Reflections", because it behooved the prospective shopper to pause and consider: Would you kill for a fashionable pant? Granted, it was the Reagan Administration, and human life was cheap, nevertheless, what profit a man to gain the latest Pant, and lose his immortal soul? But that was the Boulevard in the mid-80s, when many a wide-eyed innocent breezed into the Pant Station, only to emerge a different person. A person who has not only bought a spectacularly fashionable Stretch-Stirrup or Parachute Pant, but has also faced the fact that -- like John Huston in Chinatown -- at the right time and the right place, they're capable of anything.


M. Bouffant said...

J.J. Newberry. I'd forgotten that. Used to be an F.W. Woolworth on the Blvd. too.

Remember Grand Central Pants, formerly on the northeast corner of Hollywood & Western, in the space now occupied by a Starbucks?

Scott said...

I don't recollect Grand Central Pants, but I do recall the Woolworths, now that you've jogged my memory. My favorite thing on the Boulevard was always, and will probably forever be, Pickwick Books.

M. Bouffant said...

I thought your photo might be the Pickwick bldg., until I took a closer look.