In the pink

From pink badges on Pittston police officers to pink Citizens Voice newspaper racks to men running in pink high heels in the Gentleman’s Dash today at noon on Main Street, Pittston City is surely feeling “in the pink” these days.
But where did the term “in the pink” originate?
While there are many theories, the one I like best – which, by the way, is the one most often disputed – is that expert British clothier Thomas Pink made exclusive jackets for men to wear for fox hunts in the United Kingdom. While the jackets were more scarlet than pink, it is said when a fox hunter was wearing one of Thomas Pink’s designs, he was feeling “in the Pink.”
The Thomas Pink brand later emerged in 1984 as a famous London shirt maker, but in January announced it was closing. Reports are that it will reopen as an online retailer.
A few years ago, I had a heck of a time finding a formal self-tie bow tie. I finally did in the Thomas Pink store in New York City. I’m ashamed to tell you what I paid for it. If I did, I suspect my cheeks would turn pink.

Ed Ackerman