mary quant is such a great designer, whom i admire very much, but little is ever spoken of her or her collections here. she doesn't do runway shows to my knowledge, and her clothing isn't available in many areas, but she's still going strong. i love her vision and style.
My favorite Mary Quant memories involve the cosmetics line. Those little white glass "Smudge Pots" - I can still smell them! I was too young to wear them, but that didn't stop me from getting in trouble with my sister when I dipped into hers.
So a few years back I was excited to run across the Mary Quant boutique near Rockefeller Center. I was prepared to drop a relative bundle for nostalgia's sake, but couldn't get a saleperson's attention (I'd been helping a friend move, and didn't look "nice"). Post-9/11 NYC and they're still acting like they don't need people's money? I just left.