Stay out late enough into the night and something will spill on your suit. Was that an ancient Japanese proverb, or just a few words of wisdom passed along from a spiky-haired host as he blinked outside into a Kabukicho dawn? No matter, what’s true is true, regardless of the source. Whether it’s due to dancing in a club or pouring drinks in a bar, something’s bound to get sloshed on your nice togs – white wine if you’re lucky, much worse if you’re not. But the nightlife doesn’t pause for the dry cleaner to work his magic.
What’s a nightcrawler to do? Buffalo Bob’s to the rescue, with waterproof suits for the glamorous men of the night.
Buffalo Bob’s makes suits and leather clothes and accessories for “bad-boy pioneers.” Hip-hugging boot-cut slacks promise “nice legs.” Broad-shouldered jackets with pinched waists hide silky linings in jewel tones and animal prints. Now, the waterproof line weaves a bit of teflon into the fabric to repel spills before they sink in.
Publicity before the July release boasted that, with only a limited run of these suits, they’d surely sell out instantly. Will they catch on? Well, the Shower Clean Suit from Konaka was a 2008 hit that garnered international attention. There are now almost a quarter of a million of the rinse-and-go garments dripping dry in bathrooms around Japan. (They can be hosed down with lukewarm water in the shower, and take two to three hours to dry.) Are waterproof suits the next logical step in the evolution of clothing that doesn’t need a dry cleaner, or just a gimmick that will never be seen outside of a host club? Something to ponder the next time you’re mopping up the suds your drinking buddy tipped into your lap.