Today I became the proud owner of what I believe to be the best shirt in northern Europe. I got the fabric from an african textiles shop in Dusseldorf nearly 3 years ago and finally got around to taking it to a tailors. So, from Dutch Wax for West Africa via West Germany to a little old Italian man in Tollcross finally for a German born Scotsman to wear. Grazie Claudia Santacroce…..
The discs say “Centenaire D’Amou-Oblo 1907-2007” Amou Oblo is a small town of 5000 people in Togo, but I can’t be sure if it commemorates that town or not. Amou Oblo does have a cocoa co-operative, which would explain the cocoa bean design. I think more towns in Scotland should have their own fabrics.
On the back, thanks to the excellent tailoring, you can see the disc again, and also the open bible which says “Que ce livre… Josue 1:8” (This book…Joshua 1:8) and that verse in Joshua is
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Book and Beans
Again, the excellence of the tailoring is evident, in the detail of the pages of the open book set centrally in the collar of the shirt and mimicking the shape of the shoulders.