Archive for Sunday, June 30, 2002

Stars and stripes forever

Patriotism sparks colorful fashion trend

June 30, 2002

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Patriotism is in fashion this year.

Red, white and blue is the preferred color scheme. Stars and stripes are the favorite shapes.

An array of patriotic-style red, white and blue clothes and
accessories are available in Lawrence stores. These denim thong
sandals by Usindo featuring star sequins and beads are from
Saffees, 911 Mass.

An array of patriotic-style red, white and blue clothes and accessories are available in Lawrence stores. These denim thong sandals by Usindo featuring star sequins and beads are from Saffees, 911 Mass.

Images of the American flag appear on everything from aprons to purses to necklaces, and sales associates in several Lawrence stories say the flags are flying quickly off the shelves.

"There have been a lot of flag T-shirts around since Sept. 11," said Christy Douglass, who has worked at Sugartown Traders, 918 Mass., for two years. "They were big sellers. Since then, people are still patriotic."

Douglass said Sugartown has sold dozens of hand fans with American flags printed on them. Sugartown also sells Star-Spangled tin lunch boxes.

Lori Jorgenson, a Kansas University senior and a sales associate at Britches Clothing Co., 843 Mass., said Britches ordered patriotic-themed shirts shortly after Sept. 11. She said the Zoompy flag-printed tank top and other patriotic clothing the store has in stock now is more in honor of the Fourth of July.

"Every store I walk by has flag stuff in it," she said.

Cinda Garrison, owner of Prairie Patches, 821 Mass., said she does not know if the large amount of flag gear is related to the events of Sept. 11.

"I vacillate about really doing very much with (the patriotic theme)," Garrison said. "I don't know what Americans are thinking."

Britches Clothing sales associates Lori Jorgenson, a Kansas
University senior from Northbrook, Ill., left, and Andrea
Yarbrough, a KU junior from El Dorado, model some patriotic styles
from the store at 843 Mass.

Britches Clothing sales associates Lori Jorgenson, a Kansas University senior from Northbrook, Ill., left, and Andrea Yarbrough, a KU junior from El Dorado, model some patriotic styles from the store at 843 Mass.

Prairie Patches carries flag pins and a flag-splashed apron, and Garrison said sometimes customers order shirts and other items with American flags on them.

Most of the patriotic clothing Lawrence stores carry is for women, but Weaver's, 901 Mass., carries a few items for men, including flag-themed polo shirts and a men's Fossil watch with a red band and flag on its face.

Saffee's, 911 Mass., has an entire section dedicated to red, white and blue clothing. Steve Mercurio, the store's owner, said it has carried a substantial amount of patriotic clothing since Sept. 11.

"After Sept. 11, it was big for three or four months," Mercurio said. "Now that it's nearing the Fourth of July, people will be patriotic again."

Some of the store's biggest sellers have been red and blue Usinido flip flops adorned with silver star sequins and the Josephine Chaus clothing line, which incorporates a great deal of red, white and blue.

Mercurio said the store also has carried country singer Lee Greenwood's CD "God Bless America," and he has had to reorder it three times.

"I really, truly believe that people are more family-oriented since Sept. 11," Mercurio said. "They want to be closer to home. That day made a lot of people think, and I think this theme goes with it. That's why we've been selling this stuff."

Sarah Grosshans, a fashion consultant at Saffee's, wears a denim
vest camp shirt over a cotton tank with rhinestone star detailing
by Josephine Chause Sport. She accents the look with a flag print
scarf.

Sarah Grosshans, a fashion consultant at Saffee's, wears a denim vest camp shirt over a cotton tank with rhinestone star detailing by Josephine Chause Sport. She accents the look with a flag print scarf.

A men's Fossil watch from Weaver's, 901 Mass., features a red
leather band and an American flag on the watch face.

A men's Fossil watch from Weaver's, 901 Mass., features a red leather band and an American flag on the watch face.

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