This week, its all about glitter and glam in the New Arrivals Galler. Also check out Cabaret’s own Elizabeth as she shows us a tip for creating a last minute addition if you are in a pinch.
A Spirit Expressed
Deeper than clothes or business, my Dad was about helping people be the star of their life, a star in their own right. From first dates to Wedding Days and first gigs to sold-out shows, I watched my Dad get people ready, with charm, laughter, and wisdom, but not just their clothes, he helped get them ready. He always had some poignant advice or a much needed boost to their confidence or just would make them laugh. Almost every day I have the good fortune of hearing heartfelt stories from wonderful people about what my Dad and Cabaret means to them. This is not new though.
I’ve grown up in my family’s stores since about four years old. It is amazing the variety of people you meet in a vintage store. Hearing the tales and praise of my Dad had seemed so natural to me over my life that I think I may have taken it for granted. In this year without him though, my gratitude and reverence for the opportunity to carry on this special place, Cabaret, for our clients, and my family has deepened.
My Dad, Thomas Drayton, was an extraordinary man that embodied the essence of life and encapsulated much of that spirit in Cabaret. When you enter Cabaret it almost feels like a theatre, a stage. My family would sometimes joke that it was just Dad’s stage, a chance for him to perform, but I feel that the truth is, he hoped to bring out the star in all of his guests, from starving artists and prom goers to the many famous celebrities. Customers have told me that they would bring in their depressed friends just to cheer them up. One client said “I’m just glad to know a place like this exists.” Maybe it’s the nostalgia that all the vintage stirs up, or the way it is presented, but it seems that people feel something beyond this, an intangible that’s woven into the walls of Cabaret that my Dad started. Now we strive to continue this legacy and maintain the spirit in everything we do, so we remain a special and cherished place for all you stars of your own life.
Thank you Dad
Also check out our New Arrivals gallery for close-ups of some of this week’s featured vintage clothing items.