Thursday, November 08, 2007

Coats & Ats

Garfer asked in a recent comment - "Why bother with abroad?". He proceeded to give a compelling argument against it.

Well - yes - I have enjoyed cocktails for breakfast (and many other delights) in Wigan. But, surely we go abroad to see things we couldn't find at home. The Pyramids in Egypt or the Prado in Madrid.
I don't need to visit Paris to see the 'Tour Eiffel' because we have our own in Lancashire.


But the one experience you can't have in good old UK any more is........... a visit to C&A.


Come on - who remembers Man at C & A?

Well he's still alive and well in central Barcelona.



Yessica, Clockhouse, Angelo Litrico, Canda, Sixth Sense - all the labels are still there and the clothes haven't changed one bit. So tell your auntie, grannie or Mr. P to nip over on Ryanair for a wallow in sartorial nostalgia.


I also saw a shop named after me. Good clothes too.


KAZ
P.S. Kev wondered why I was taking photos of C&A - he'll know now.

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30 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

Oooh, I'm first.

I think I bought a jacket at Man at C&A once.

I was young and foolish.

7:50 am  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

OOh, Clockhouse. Now that brings back dark and black moody memories of the early '80s when most of my wardrobe came from there. The shame. Still, I thought I looked cool at the time.

8:22 am  
Blogger Betty said...

I've just got visions of C & A still stocking the kind of clothes I remember them displaying in the 1980's - racks of luminous t-shirts and stone washed denim jackets with loads of zips and pockets. Ye gods.

9:20 am  
Blogger Murph said...

It stands for Coats 'n 'Ats, you know.

How do the Spaniards get on with Cavalry Twill and Gaberdine?

9:46 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Dave:
I bet you could cut the mustard.

Nora:
Don't we just love those 'moody memories'.

Betty:
I've just checked and they didn't close until 2001. I'm amazed as I though it was much earlier. This explains why I still have a wearable pair of Clockhouse trousers (high waist - in fashion again.)

Murph:
It seems that Kev has a new post...but then you might know that eh?

Did you notice the title of my post.
Any orders from Mr P for my next visit?

9:54 am  
Blogger garfer said...

C&A used to be the place to go for ski wear.

Apart from that it was just endless vistas of polyester.

10:13 am  
Blogger I, like the view said...

one of my favourite shirts ever came from C&A, pale rainbow coloured striped - cotton - cheesecloth

(Per Una stocked a very similar once last year, with heart shaped pearl buttons)

I shall put a RyanAir return trip ticket at the top of my xmas list forthwith

10:30 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Ah yes, I have a very nice jacket that I bought in the Paris C&A a few years ago. When folk admire it I say "Yes, I bought it in Paris," occasionally I add, "In C&A's" as a the punchline.

It wasn't actually the reason I went to Paris, however. Their tower is closer to me than your one though I think Kaz.

10:46 am  
Blogger MJ said...

Wasn't Garfy really asking, " "Why bother with a broad?"

1:06 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

When we went to Barcelona my case went missing and I had to buy a pair of Spanish men's chinos in M&S. I'm not built the Spanish man way.

I bet you don't get the same problems in C&A.

1:46 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

I was very excited to see a C&A in Toulouse. So excited I bought a pair of black leather opera gloves. Cos I'm always at the opera in Austin Texas, loik.

2:04 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Garfer:
I'd forgotten the fab ski wear - it was C&A introduced me to 'Thinsulateā„¢'

View:
I've always loved pearl buttons - now I want some heart shaped ones.

NiC:
As the song says -

'Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone'

.....but I don't think she meant C&A did she?

mj:
Judging from his previous post I think he should be bothering with a broad.

Geoff:
M&S, C&A is there a B&Q in Barcelona?
From what I hear you're more built in the French way.

Arabella:
A true poseur does not need the opera.

3:19 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...

I have no idea about most of that, being the naive naif that I am, most unworldly.

But I can see most of the sights and wonders all in one place by simply going to Fabulous Las Vegas, NV.

3:50 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

I'd forgot all about them.. I got my first Crombie from there in the early 70s.. ha!
No need to book a flight look what I found.. http://www.c-and-a.com/

It right at the top of my favourites list now.. ha!

3:54 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

Did you know C&A stands for Coats & Ats Kaz? Ah yes, I see you've changed the title of this post to confirm that.

Lefties looks a bit gauche. Mr P. uses their other arm - BuyRite.

4:48 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...

So, you all seem pretty fashion forward. Do I break down and get a pair of Chelsea boots?

5:59 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Rimshot:
Las Vegas eh?
I think mj went there.

Perhaps I'll start a rumour.

Wom:
So - thanks to the interweb you could start a new fashion for Man at C&A.

But my advice is to stick with the crombie - a true classic.

Murph:
You little divil you.

Tony Benn was serving in Lefties - I suppose you got IDS in buy Rite (I'd completely forgotten him but he was in Manchester today with Dave.)

Rimshot:
Love the phrase 'fashion forward' - my commenters can be very 'shallow'.

Are Chelsea boots what Hilary's daughter wears?

6:32 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

I believe several people got IDS in Buy Rite. They don't was their hand you know!

6:54 pm  
Blogger tony said...

i always wanted to be The Man @ C.& A. Perhaps i still have time.Did you notice if they had string-vests?

9:47 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Murph:
It serves them Rite.
There's no clostridium difficile in Lefties.

Tony:
Man at C&A? According to the BBC website he lookes like Alan Partridge.

String vests - which colour would you like?

10:35 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Ah yes, the Nevada bordello tour.

Good times.

10:38 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

mj:
Aha! So the rumour is true.

10:42 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

I'd love to be able to make a meaningful comment, but clothes shops are a foreign country to me. (There's a M&S in Rhodes, though, and a Tesco in Kuala Lumpur.)

11:04 am  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

I've still got two Crombie's Kaz, but alas they won't fasten now.
Do you remember 'Harrington's Jackets... I'd quite like one of them now.. I had Docs' but would also wear Monkey Boots. The worst thing my mother every did was get me a 'Jaytex' shirt from tesco's and tried to tell me it was a new brand from Ben Sherman. ha!

4:01 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_boot

6:19 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Stitch:
'Meaningful comment' on this bog - don't be daft! But surely you remember C&A.

And KL (as I believe it's known) is seriously 'abroad'.

Wom:
2 Crombies - Hey you were obviously very sharp back in the day.

Was a 'Jaytex' from Tesco a bit like those Embassy records from Woolworths?

Rimshot:
Hope you don't favour the cuban heel style as mentioned on the link.

10:07 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

that Kev, he's quite funny isn't he?

9:53 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ziggi:
Yes - but don't you think his sense of humour is spookily like that of our mutual canine friend??

12:48 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

have you ever seen them together in the same room??

4:38 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hmmmm:
Smart thinking young Ziggi ...
Can't say that I have.

5:20 pm  

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