A mainstay of Southern gentlemen was raiment today for Hudson County restaurant owner: Eugene Flynn, of Amanda’s and the Elysian Cafe.
A dedicated follower of fashion, Eugene waited for today to break out his seersucker suit, along with the ol’ straw porkpie, Old Glory bowtie and tandem bicycle, to celebrate the holiday.
Flynn and similarly clad sidekick Ames Crawford pedaled the streets of Hoboken — and even climbed the Stephens Tech hill — “to commemorate the bravery,” Crawford said, of service men and women past and present.
In their white bucks and blue pinstriped suits, the pair glided like gentry, in the rough-and-tumble waterfront city that gentrification rebuilt.
Originally from India, seersucker was first imported to the States by Brooks Brothers nearly 180 years ago. Its name derives from a Persian phrase “milk and sugar,” which, in essence, describes the mix of crimp and smoothness.
Fashionistas dictate that it be worn in the Northeast only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Southerners, however, can break theirs out on Easter.
After my wife and I left the Elysian this afternoon — on separate bikes — Flynn caught up to us on the Hudson riverfront path. He had a chance to check on his beloved Yankees, who were cruising against the Rangers in Texas.
Following an afternoon of pedaling, my old St. Peter’s College frat brother had another hill to climb: Pershing Road, towards home. Only this time, he was riding his bicycle built for two solo.
“I’ll go slow,” Eugene said.
With a tip o’ the cap, he was off.