Sackets Harbor Tailor Remembers Times With Anthony BourdainPosted: Updated:
Inside a little storefront on Main Street in Sackets Harbor is Frank Shattuck Suits.
Shattuck, the owner, has some history with former world traveler, chef and journalist Anthony Bourdain.
Into the late 90s, they spent time together in New York City during a time when Bourdain was a budding chef at a Manhattan restaurant and Shattuck, an entrepreneur.
"And this is a long time ago and I can see him sitting there right now. Just sitting back, having a great conversation with a guy, listening,"said Shattuck.
Bourdain listened so much that nearly 17 years later, he produced a documentary on the tailor.
"I knew right away that I was in the presence of someone extraordinary and I remember leaving that night thinking someday we'd meet again, so I could finally acquire one of his amazing suits," said Bourdain.
Shattuck says that when he learned about Bourdain's sudden death, he couldn't believe the news.
"It's just unbelievable. The guy was rock solid, a rock solid guy," he said.
Bourdain's documentary on Shattuck captures just how meticulous the tailor was and is about his unique work down to the last cut.
By the end of the special, Bourdain had a handmade Shattuck suit of his own.
"I think my suit's hanging in his closet and he's not gonna wear it again. I wanted him to wear it," said Shattuck.
Shattuck says although a chapter has ended, he feels lucky just for knowing that someone like Bourdain existed in the world.