Sunday, 4 March 2012
In Bowes Park in the U.K. a pair of underpants are gently decaying in public. They have a fascinating and genuinely moving story to tell. The pants occupy pride of place in the window display of George Moore Menswear at 99, Myddleton Road. The shop is no longer open for business but the owner still lives above it.
The owner is Brian Moore, son of the founder George. George Moore established the firm in 1942 and despite the problems associated with starting a business during a war he made a great success of it. When Mr Moore senior died in 1969 his widow and son, Brian, continued to run the shop. When Mr Moore junior decided to retire, around 13 years ago, he simply stopped trading, he didn't clear the window display but left it just as it was on the last day of business.