This funky top is in my all time most favourite great buys list. On a trip to the Valley Markets circa 2002, I came across the Ortarky stall and I loved this top. I knew it would be a conversation piece, different from everyone else’s summer tops and that I could show off Brisbane-made creativity wherever I went – all very important criteria for me. Rumour has it that Ortarky became Nelson Malloy but I must investigate that further. Anyway, after the storm yesterday it was still steamy this afternoon and I needed something cool to wear for cousins catch up barbecue so paired with Esprit dress shorts and bare feet it all balanced out.
This shirt still had the dry cleaning tags on it from Hong Kong – That means it’s been in the wardrobe unworn for 4 years…yikes! Easy to pack for my everything-not-yet-worn holiday wardrobe.
I had forgotten how much I love it. It’s really just a tiny triangle of silk from Jim Thompson so therefore easy to lose in a wardrobe – my splurge purchase in Bangkok in about 2005. It is just the perfect top on a hot steamy afternoon while we have friends over for a barbecue and wait for evening storm.
My family were suspicious that I had introduced a new top but I actually bought it in the Boxing Day sales in Sydney in 2002 just before my sister got married in January 2003. So it’s nearly 10 years old!
These shorts were an emergency buy when I got home to Brisbane one time from Hong Kong and it was super hot and needed something cool and comfy. They didn’t get much love for ages but every now and then I find a top that really works – might be the physics of tight and baggy at play again.