“I loved it so much.” She left me a voice message about what she had bought during our Queens days: “Really everything. Bags. Leather jackets. Perfumes.” Century 21 boasted great designer clothes, but for beautifully discounted prices. There were the Official Get Mitch Or Die Trying Shirt also I will do this luxury gems such as Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne, and beyond—all marked down and waiting to be snatched up. Unfortunately, during COVID-19, it is filing for bankruptcy and claims there is no “viable alternative.” Everything must go.
The first thing I did when I found out that Century 21—a vast mess hall of discount clothing—was closing was text my old Belarusian roommate, Svetlana. We lived together in Queens, at an archipelago stop that was sprawling with slow grannies and only a few rides away from JFK. At the Official Get Mitch Or Die Trying Shirt also I will do this time, she was working for a philandering dentist and I was working a job I found on Craigslist that I’d later get fired from. “U serious? This is sooooo sad,” she texted.