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Search for the corduroy king

Friday 11 November 2011, 10:46AM


The most important date in the history of New York’s Corduroy Appreciation Club (no jeans allowed, probably) is here and the club is still searching for its “messiah”.

The band of fabric fans are seeking a child who turns 11 on November 11 – or 11/11/11 – the date the club says most closely resembles the ribs of its favorite ridged textile.

“That child is the messiah of corduroy,” Miles Rohan, founder of the club, told the New York Daily News.

“We liken it to finding the Dalai Lama.”

The New York-based club said it had already been contacted by twins from Wisconsin who will turn 11 on November 11, but are looking for a locally based child to attend their “grandest meeting” in Manhattan on that date.

The child will be installed on a throne and generally treated like textile royalty after being carried into the meeting.

Members who attend the meeting will also be required to wear three items of clothing made of corduroy, instead of the regular two.

The club celebrates twice yearly, on January 1 – or 1/1 – and November 11, and has about 250 members.

Mr Rohan said he first created the club as a joke and a way of poking fun at secret societies, but his brother – a Massachusetts professor – has given lectures about the “relationship between corduroy and art history”.

“[He] is keen on the historical figures who have worn corduroy. It’s the fabric of intellectuals, poets, and Woody Allen.”

According to its website, the Corduroy Appreciation Club “wishes to cultivate good fellowship by the advancement of corduroy awareness, as well as, understanding, celebration, and commemoration of the fabric and all related items”.


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