In Connecticut, the colorful sock movement identifies closely with R. Derwin Clothiers in Litchfield. Founded by Richard Derwin, the store carries more than 1,000 pairs of socks in an eye-popping assortment of every hue.
Back in the day, when retailers were merchants, there was a handsome charming young exec by the name of Richard (Dick) Derwin, famous for his upscale taste level, his ability to build relationships, and his rather outrageous personality. Today, Derwin directs merchandising for his two apparel specialty stores, R. Derwin Clothiers (one men’s, one ladies) in beautiful Litchfield, Connecticut where he was one of the first “Jewish weekenders” in the 1970s. I was lucky enough to meet him last week, and hear some of his enchanting tales from the past, as well as talk about his continuing success.
Somewhere stashed in Richard Derwin’s attic is a painting of him that is aging a la the famed portrait of Dorian Gray. Full disclosure: I met Derwin when he hired me to work for him at Lund’s University Shop in Syracuse, where we both attended college. He was a slim, well-dressed, white-haired man with a broad grin. Half a century later he looks exactly the same.
R. Derwin Clothiers Men’s and Ladies stores are back together again. Yay!
R. Derwin has been a mainstay on pretty West Street, looking on to the Litchfield green, since the 80s. The two departments, men’s (upstairs) and women’s (downstairs) started together under one roof at 43 West Street and eventually gained in size and needed to move a few doors away from each other. Throw in a few more moves after that, all on West Street, until we reach today when the two stores are back together again.