This really is the most informative piece I've ever seen on the topic. Excellent work. And, you have a coral named after you?!
Are we sure these were mistakes after all?
Just after my (so much smaller) book advance, I also decided to shop for clothes. I read about a futuristic machine at the Levi's store that would exactly match jeans to your body, so I headed to SoHo. I stood in the middle of the store, in a glass encasement, with sandbags on my shoulders (...?) while other shoppers stared. Then I got a printout listing four specific cuts of jeans that would be exactly right for me, and the sizes I needed. A salesperson found them all for me and got me a dressing room. The jeans all really did fit well, but I only liked the style of one pair. They happened to be the most expensive pair of jeans in the store. And I bought them. $175. At the LEVI'S STORE. They were fine. I wore them a lot. Let's face it, there was always something weird about the zipper.