While waiting for his fitting to begin, our client leant over and told a joke. It goes as follows:
A young Scottish lad and lass were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently. Then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Angus.”
“Well, uh, I was thinkin’…perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss.” The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek. Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the loch. Minutes passed and the girl spoke again.
“Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”
“Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee cuddle.” The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him for a few seconds. Then he blushed. The two then turned once again to gaze out over the loch. After a while, she again said, “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”
“Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time you let me put my hand on your leg.” The girl blushed, then took his hand and put it on her knee. Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the lock before the girl spoke again.
“Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.” The young man glanced down with a furled brow. “Well, noo,” he said, “my thoughts are a wee bit more serious this time.”
“Really?” said the lass in a whisper, filled with anticipation.
“Aye,” said the lad, nodding.
The girl looked away in shyness, began to blush, and bit her lip in anticipation of the ultimate request.
Then he said, “Dae ye nae think it’s aboot time ye paid me the first three pennies?”
A dad joke at best but entertaining nonetheless.
This kind of joke is called a 'shaggy dog story.' The ending is unexpected, but it renders most of the anecdote irrelevant. These stories are anti-climatic but funny in an anti-humour sort of way. All along, Angus didn’t care about getting to third base with his Scottish lass –– he just wanted his pennies. The younger generation might categorize this as "dad humour." This strange taste in jokes that develops in men once they become fathers.
In addition to his father-friendly sense of humour, our client also brought several yards of custom-made wool to our atelier. The wool is done in his family's traditional tartan. His Scottish heritage is very important to him, so much so that he wanted a dinner jacket not only for himself, but for his two sons as well. The three Scottish gentlemen will be dressed in the family tartan with black silk lapels with matching bow ties and tartan accented cummerbund. The ladies of the family will be gifted tartan ribbons to pin to their dresses.
While we dress many fathers, family patriarchs and strong personalities, we seldom dress them as family with garments hinged on family identity. Each man’s suit was tailored differently in true bespoke fashion, to flatter not only different body types but also to show personality. The father chose a sash lapel with jetted tuxedo-style pockets, while one son chose peak lapels with flapped pockets. Bespoke allows us the opportunity to create something custom and unique while still showing cohesion and deliberateness.
Pictured is the jacket of one of the sons.