Custom suits and shirts for the contemporary gentlemen, made by hand in the USA. Vintage military inspired YSL blazer, Chanel cashmere sweater, vintage Kenzo dress to die for, Oh and I can’t forget Christian Louboutins just for fun. Shall I go on or have you already escaped reality?
This is not only the reality but the careers of Craig Arthur von Schroeder of Commonwealth Proper and Brooke Dillion of The Katacomb:Vintage.
Photo Credit: Big Rube Street Gazing
Monday we had the privilege to enjoy an evening with Brooke in her Rittenhouse brownstone, which is also the home to her thriving business, The Katacomb: Vintage. We were greeted at the door by Brooke, dressed in all black (fashionable, of course) with her graceful Siamese cats perched on the chair behind her. As we walked downstairs to immerse ourselves in all the vintage we couldn’t help but ask Brooke what fragrance she used in her home. She pointed to the candles and said “my signature scent.” We would love to share, but we vowed not to tell. When we reached the bottom step we were taken into a place we didn’t want to return from, The Katacomb! The walls were grey, the lights were dim and to our left were rare vintage pieces from some of the worlds greatest designers. Accessories, such has pink Nina Ricci sunglasses and black leather top-handle bags were displayed on vintage furniture that took us back to an old Victorian home. As we started pulling pieces, Brooke shared stories about each piece which made us fall in love even the more. After an hour, our racks were full and we begun to try on our favorites. While trying on, Brooke explained that each piece could be tailored, whether for fit or to change the lining in a blazer, she could make it perfect. As the conversation continued we learned her business partner, Craig, is a men’s suit and shirt maker and his showroom was in walking distance, as if the night could get any better!
We quickly put on our coats grabbed our bags and made our way to Commonwealth Proper. As we approached the showroom the windows were cracked and we could get a peek of the sophisticated “men’s cave” we were allowed access to. The showroom was definitely a place for the contemporary gentlemen, leather couches, whiskey bar, floor standing mirror with a deer head mounted above and some of his suits displayed in the corner, tailored to perfection. Craig was in the middle of a fitting with an actor who is in Philly taping a movie, so we didn’t stay long. However, from what we did discuss it was evident that Craig’s number one priority is to help his clients make the proper choice for their lifestyle. He takes pride in men having confidence and always looking their best. This was definitely a night we didn’t want to end, but we said our goodbyes in hopes to see them again.