Yesterday, my good friend and fellow Levi’s-lover, Nils Schéle sent me an e-mail that is a little out of the extraordinary compared all the daily junk, and it sent me off to other place for a few minutes. The message was loud and clear:
I’m pleased to inform you that Lynn Downey has agreed to meet you in the Archives … “
Of course the e-mail didn’t come out of the blue or because Lynn had requested to meet me (at least it doesn’t state anything like that), but it was ever so satisfying and I’ll have to admit I’m little honoured. Lynn Downey is to the history of Levi’s what milk is to cookies, you can’t have one without the other. Joking aside, Lynn’s research and impressive work for over two decades at Levi’s has paved the way to Levi’s Vintage Clothing and our understanding of the brand. We owe her so much! Maybe you don’t know much about Lynn (yet you probably do), but to help you understand the importance this opportunity has to me, think of it as meeting your all-time favourite rockstar, actor, the Queen or whoever you idolise.
The meeting is going to take place in the beginning of June when I’m in San Francisco on my honeymoon. Now, you would think that doing ‘business’ on your honeymoon would require some serious persuasion of my soon-to-be wife, but I really am a lucky guy, her response was just, “of course we should meet Lynn when we’re there”. If I wasn’t sure before I most certainly am now; I’ve found the girl of my dreams!
Anyway, rule number one in any book on journalism probably says something in the lines of “be prepared”. With a little over two months to prepare I plan to ask the sharpest questions that she has ever been asked. I already have a few in mind, but why not make use of all you guys out there to think of what to ask? This is what this post is all about; bring me your questions (just write them as comments below) and I might ask your question to Lynn.
Here’s a few interviews with Lynn, it might be a good place to start the research about what to ask – you don’t want to ask her something that he has already answered somewhere else.
To get give you a better understanding of what Lynn means to some of the Japanese Levi’s fans have a look at the video below.
Photography: The Bold Italic.