My middle sister and I (I’ve got two) see each other once or twice a year at best. When we do, shopping is definitely high on our list of things to do, especially because my sister is really into fashion. She’s going to fashion school right now, so she can get into the industry, but even before that she used to know which fabrics, colors and cutsÂ looked good on people, as opposed to onÂ mannequins. I like to look good, but I don’t have her eye, so she basically helps me dress.
The last time I was in the U.S., we spent some time together in Las Vegas where I had a business trip. After several hours of helping me shop, we ended up at the HardrockÂ Hotel after dinner, where she was on the hunt for a pink or red Ed Hardy baseball cap. She swore that these caps were all the rage, and you couldn’t find them anywhere. Well, it turned out that Hardrock had a store with a huge Ed Hardy corner and tons of these caps. Ed Hardy was apparently a famous tattoo artist and the cap featured some of his work, including several that said things like “Love Kills Slowly”. Let’s just say they left an impression.
The onlyÂ drawback was that it cost $77, but my sister swore up and down again that it was worth it.Â She encouraged me to buy one too,Â arguing that it wouldÂ make me one of the coolest people in Tokyo and I might even be ahead of the trend. In truth, I figure she was hoping that she would end up with it especially after we agreed that she would buy it off of me for $50 if I didn’t wear it by mid-spring.Â Â
I don’t know how but she convinced me, so I’m now the proud (?) owner of a brown Ed Hardy baseball cap. I haven’t worn it yet because I’m not quite sure what the right situation is to wear a hat like that.