Romanian Freedom Shirt White Red Small
1989, Bucharest. ’89 was a big year for upheaval—the Berlin Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Velvet Revolution. Romania had theirs too. It saw to the end of communism in quite dramatic, bloody, and punctual fashion. The fog still lingers. But so does fledgling freedom.
When I was there, I saw schoolkids smoking cigarettes in plain sight. They didn’t care if anyone saw them smoking, nor did the adults care. And they smokeda lot. I asked Mihai, my contact, why so many people in Romania—and specifically, all the kids—smoked. He replied, “For many years, we could not do anything. And now, we can. It is expression.”
There is a rugged beauty in that philosophy.
Romanian Freedom Shirt (No. 5666). Airy (nonsmoking) cotton cambric with oversized sleeves. Styled after an old farming shirt, but we dressed it up for excursions into old town. Band collar, real shell buttons. Vertical pintucks down the front white panels. Ombre effect down the center front panel and alternating panels, sleeves and back are solid white.Imported.