Yo, ho ... and a pirate's booty for Gasparilla
Keira Knightley doesn't have these:
The clock is ticking down to Tampa's annual drunk, errr, pirate fest. (Full disclosure: Covering the Gasparilla parade as a journalist ruined it for me. I blame the drooling, totally wasted pirate, probably a prominent lawyer, who wouldn't take no for an answer and insisted on kissing everyone in sight.)
But, I know, it's THE event of the year for many who are lucky enough not to have to work that day, especially if you score an invite to watch the parade from a mansion or condo overlooking South Tampa's Bayshore.
This year, do it in style. Show off your pirate-inspired booty.
Harbour Island tailor Daryl Pulido and his partner, Christine, have designed a custom Gasparilla jean. Each pair is made to the buyer's measurements -- and tricked out with so many wild embellishments, you won't want a pile of beads to distract from your lower half.
You get to pick the denim color, how much to distress and the pocket chain style. Ribbon vs. chains on the leg? A pirate skull in silver crystal, gold glitter, or on a rockin' patch? On the butt pocket, or no? The possibilities are endless.
But time is limited. The tailors need three weeks to turn around the jeans. Orders must be in by Saturday to have them for the Gasparilla day parade. The order deadline for the night parade is Jan. 24.
At $125 to $150, they're not a steal, but an affordable luxury for the pirate lovers among us.
Pulido says clients have been asking him for years to do jeans, in addition to custom suits, slacks and dress shirts. He wasn't interested in just replicating something that anyone could buy at the mall.
But Gasparilla got his creative juices flowing. After this year's events, he plans to keep making the jeans and expand the options to include a cross-and-bones look and a Betty Boop style.
Want 'em? Call Pulido at Perfect Match Custom Tailors, (813) 493-2693, or stop by the store on Harbour Island.
~ Deal Diva Letitia