First things first: Oliver + S is offering free shipping on all web orders now through July 10! See here for details.
So I'm beginning to think that using the term "sewer" really is simpler than calling someone a "seamstress." What do you think? After all, what would we then call men who sew? Seamsters, perhaps? Sounds a bit threatening, I think. Like someone who carries a pair of very long sewing shears in their back pocket, wears an eye patch or keeps a pack of sewing needles rolled in his shirtsleeve, and you probably wouldn't want to bump into him in the back aisle of a dark fabric store late at night. Hmmm.
But I would be willing to bet the jacket he was wearing would be beautifully tailored, even if it was made of black (Italian) denim or leather...
Anyway, I keep forgetting to call your attention to this post over at the Oliver + S blog. If you're interested in making and selling Oliver + S clothing to be carried in New York City boutiques, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm assembling a list of interested parties and will pass it along to the shop owners shortly. See the post for details.
Also, thanks for all the reminiscences regarding teddy bears and the like. I really enjoyed reading all your comments!