You're welcome, PP.
Feel free to post whatever questions and queries you might have.
Sadly, I feel like I should be able to contribute more to this thread than I have. For all her working life, my grandmother (see the photo above), was a professional tailor, from the late 1940s to the late 1970s. Roughly 30-40 years. Here is my grandfather's business-card with the name of his business, and my grandmother's shop, printed on it:
Grandpa worked at a photography studio. Grandma worked at the Kam Seng Beauty Parlour (it shared a building with her tailor's shop. 'Kam Seng' is Cantonese. It means 'Golden Star').
This is the same grandmother last year, a couple of months before she died. That's me next to her in the blue
I wish I had asked her more about her earlier life when I had the chance. Mostly, she taught me about the War. I guess you don't remember much else at 97.
...Where did you get that hat, where did you get that tile? Isn't it a nobby one and just the proper style! I should like to have one just the same as that. Whereever I go they'd shout "hello, where did you get that hat?..."
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As a hapa, one of my major style icons coming up in the Socal swing scene was, and still is Bernard S.