OFF THE CUFF Relaunch Party
February 3, 2011 1 Comment
“Hold on a minute, I think my grandfather is having an Archey Bunker moment.” Owner of Off The Cuff, Lee Romberg, calls a ‘time out’ to rush over and tend to the dapper elderly gentleman (photo above) who may have just begun another Shit My Dad Says monologue. “He gets that way, he’s from another generation,” Lee apologizes.
Last night’s Off The Cuff Relaunch Party was a Romberg family affair. Family, friends, loyal customers, and some of the local fashionistas care of the F-Lists’s Leesa Butler, braved the snow-filled streets in rush hour traffic to show support and catch a sneak peek of the redesigned store. Invitees were treated to a musical performance by loyal Off The Cuff customers, The Pigott Brothers, some tasty finger foods, and plenty of Italian rosé.
Hidden in the lobby of an office building in uptown Toronto, Lee’s mother opened the 400 square foot men’s consignment shop over 18 years ago. “My mother felt that there was a stigma associated with buying second-hand clothes back then, so she chose a location that was discreet,” explains Lee. “Things are different now, men are no longer ashamed of buying vintage or consignment pieces, but I’m sticking to this great location.”
Lee spent three painstaking weeks writing his favourite movie quotes onto the floor of the newly decorated space. Some of the quotes are easy to place, others are harder to recognize, but like Off The Cuff’s collection of one to two-year-old designer consignment pieces – they’re all carefully hand-picked by Lee himself. Off the Cuff specializes in men’s designer suits, sports jackets, coats, dress shirts, jeans, and sweaters sourced from various consignees, many of which work in professions that required them to turn over their wardrobes frequently. There’s plenty of Armani, Boss, Etro, Canali, Prada, etc., but Lee also stocks items that you would have a hard time finding in Toronto. Some of the gems include an official US Navy issue double-breasted peacoat, a Harrod’s tie, a Vilebrequin terry cloth polo shirt, a Pal Zileri sports jacket, a pair of Neil Barret jeans, and even a Savile Row Gieves and Hawkes overcoat. Best of luck and continued success Lee! I’m taking your grandfather out clubbing when he gets back from Florida.
Off the Cuff, 5 Broadway Ave. (north of Yonge & Eglinton), Toronto, ON, M4P 1T7 – 416-489-4248, www.offthecuff.ca