Today’s New York Times carries the obituary of Wilkes Bashford. The “clothier whose eponymous emporium is famous for having dressed affluent, elegance-conscious San Franciscans for the last half-century” died Saturday at 82.
Why is this “06880”-worthy?
In 2009, the Union Square store and its affiliate in Palo Alto were bought by Mitchells of Westport. Third-generation family member Tyler Mitchell now runs the 2 California locations.
And — in a typical Mitchell move — the company allowed Bashford to continue working there. Which he did, until nearly the end of his life.