Finally, it is worth noting that Bobby from Boston was one of the vendors at American Field, although my wife and I didn’t get to see his booth, which he means he might have only been set up on Saturday or we breezed by it in all the neck snapping commotion of trying to take in all the goodies. Either way, to get the full Bobby experience you have to go into his store, which we do pretty often on our Sunday afternoons at SOWA. Bobby doesn’t produce made in the U.S.A. goods like the vendors above but his store is testament to well made articles of clothing and accessories that those vendors put out there. The goods that Bobby sells have, or can last through multiple owners and there is no shame in being the second or third beneficiary down the line. I grabbed some great brown brogues for a steal there awhile ago and they always have a great selection of real deal military khakis, dress and sport shirts from defunct and current labels, dressing robes, varsity sweaters, workwear…I could keep going. Bobby is also a great, one of a kind human being who will chat with you about whatever’s on your mind at the drop of a dime. Every time I’ve been through his store, Bobby is singing and bopping along with his playlist of dub or R&B, which is always bumping through his store, smiling all the while.
The great part about Ball & Buck’s choice of venue was that Bobby’s was only one block or so away. The reason this normally uneventful trip to Bobby’s made it into the end of this rambling was that I laid my eyes upon the biggest piece of raw denim I’ve ever seen in my life. After getting a little closer I could see that it was a giant pair of Levi’s 501’s, my preferred brand of denim by the way. Apparently they are a commemorative pair, although I couldn’t get an answer as to what event, though I didn’t ask too many of Bobby’s people. They measure 74” at the waist and 45” at the inseam and my brother-in-law wondered out loud if there are even people big enough to fit in them. Yes, there probably are. Stop into Bobby’s and pick up a gem, check out the mammoth 501’s, and chat Bobby up a bit. It is time well spent.
Bobby from Bobby, 19 Thayer Street, Boston, MA.