Enterprise: The Cape Caper

The scavenging genius of the American instinct runs deep: use anything, adapt everything goes the rule, whether it is castles from the Rhine or old British ocean liners. A case in point is Mrs. Florence Barry, 57, owner of a Manhattan thrift shop called Encore. No sooner did she read in the newspaper that the Paris police force was about to discard its famed capes for raglan-sleeved overcoats than she decided that police capes were just the thing for her customers.

Nothing daunted, she hopped aboard the plane for Paris. But it was not so easy. First, she discovered, there...

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