The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition -Thursday, September 5, 1991 - Page?7
Ann Arbor clothiers take
women where they're going
Only an emperor can
afford new men's clothes:
by Melissa Peerless
and Tami Pollak
Daily Staff Reporters
As any Madonna fan knows, the
true key to success lies in the ability
to refashion at a moment's notice.
And although AATA buses
i1ake occasional jaunts to the mall,
for the student with a hectic sched-
ule and an appetite for apparel, on-
eampus clothiers offer options for
every strikable pose.
THE CLASS ACT...
While parents think of "school
clothes" in terms of ensembles tai-
lored for the lecture hall -- wash
'n' wear dungarees and assorted Gr-
rranimals garb - University stu-
dents learn quickly that a good hat
and a pair of sweatpants are the only
classroom fashion requirements.
"It seems that students dress
comfortably," said Adjunct Lec-
turer Gilda Povolo. "But no one has
come to class in pajamas yet."
* So while anything from yester-
day's honker on the Home Shopping
Network to tomorrow's Club
MTV spandex special will suffice
for hitting the books, it's when you
hit the dance floor, the grass, the ca-
reer trail and even the sack you will
most appreciate Ann Arbor's wide
variety of women's clothing op-
EVERYBODY DANCE NOW...
If it's only when you're dancing
that you feel so free, open the doors
to Ann Arbor's stores and you'll
see some of the finest grooving garb
this side of the Palladium.
Beginning at the north end of
State Street, ascend the staircase to
leather and lace at the Cat's Meow.
This combination resale and first-
run clothing store has both men's
and women's fashions verging on
While you won't want to shop
there for anything too formal, un-
less vintage prom circa Pretty in
Pink is your style, you can find some
hot biker jackets and little black es-
sentials at the attic hideaway.
Across the street and just past
Nickel's Arcade, Bivouac carries
trendy, but classy choices. But don't
forget,.you have to pay for what you
Esprit, Girbaud, Kikit, Betsey
Johnson, In-Wear, and Workshop all
drop their names here, raising hems
to new heights. Little rayon and
spandex numbers fill the dress
racks, but more casual choices, like
hotpants and shorts, could also take
you into the spotlight in style.
But hey, we're not going to mess
around. If you're in a huffy, and you
have a "moderate" wad of cash to
spare, check out what's playing at
the State Theater.
Everything is coming up daisies
lately at Urban Outfitters, the
rium housed in the defunct movie
house which now has real grass and
flowers blooming in its windows.
"We have a nontraditional ap-
proach to our merchandise, and that
reflects in the nontraditional spirit
of our customers," said salesperson
Elizabeth Larose as she gestured
about 60's-style trapeze dresses and
psychedelic patterned leggings.
Featuring everything from used,
for about $20 a pair, to super-sexy
chiffon gowns, and including shoes,
hair accessories, belts, hats, jewels,
and lava lamps (lava lamps?) in
by Matt Rennie
Daily NSE Editor
As with virtually everything
else in Ann Arbor, men's clothing is
not for the thin of wallet. In fact,
you could say that adding to your
wardrobe in this town will cost you
the shirt off your back, which, of
course, kind of defeats the purpose.
However, if you save up your
birthday money for, oh say, twelve
years or if you embezzle tuition
money from your parents, you
should be able to find a truly stun-
ning pair of argyle socks.
Of course, for those of you who
aren't living on a journalist's salary,
first of all, be grateful, and second
of all, hurry down to the State
Street and Liberty area for some
truly fine garments.
Heading the list of Ann Arbor
haberdasheries is Van Boven, lo-
cated in Nickel's Arcade. Van Boven
is widely recognized as one of the
most complete men's clothing
stores in the area. The store features
a wide selection of suits in a com-
While Van Boven's suit selec-
tion may appeal to an older crowd,
it also features a healthy amount of
sportswear, with a heavy emphasis
on clothes made by Timberland. As
a rule, the Timberland wear is ex-
pensive, but extremely well-crafted
For those who truly wish to in-
dulge, Van Boven can accommodate
with a $90 pair of suspenders or
with $70 pajamas. Personally, this
writer is content to sleep in his
boxers, and besides for $70, you'd
think you at least could get pajamas
Another impressive item -
which, it should be mentioned, other
stores also carried - was a sex of
24-karat gold-plated sport coat but-
tons which features the University
seal. These can be purchased sepa-
rately or with a sport coat; a navy
blue blazer is recommended. The
gold-colored buttons cost $55, but
most stores also carry a set with
navy blue porcelain accenting the
gold for $72.
However, what gives Van Boven
its endearing charm is its employees,
who are always quick with a corlial
word and smile. They are helpful
without being overbearing, unfor-
tunately a rare quality in salesper-
Moving farther up State Street,
one comes upon Marty's, a store
undergoing a period of transition.
This shop was originally estab-
lished as a traditional men's store
under the name Saffel and Bus} in
1931. Thirty-eight years later,
Marty Busch bought the store,
changed its name, and tried to make
it more appealing to young people.
Busch expanded the store in 1975
into the section which is now to
one's right when one enters the
store. Slowly, the store evolved
back to a more conservative inven-
tory. Busch sold the store to Henry
Schoch on April 1, 1991, and Schoch
has visions of bringing back the
store's appeal to students.
"It's tough to be all things to
all people," Schoch said. "The suit
customers are the backbone of my
business, but I'd like to get more
students in here."
If Schoch is able to put his plan
into action, then Marty's may estab-
See FASHION, Page 11
University graduate Sarah Ekdahl checks out the denim selection at
Splash clothing store on South University.
their inventory, Urban Outfitters
.can send you bumping and grinding
One word of warning: It's way
(no way) too easy to drop by Urban
to pick up the latest issue of Spin
magazine and leave clutching two
dresses, a pair of Girbauds, a wok, a
couple of scarves and a mood ring to
complete the ensemble. So be hip,
LOVE ME, HUG ME, TAKE ME
The first days are the hardest
days, don't you worry anymore. Be-
cause whether you want to give
peace a chance or are just really into
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