The Story of the Red Shirt

Last year, Flickr user Ron Berlin posted a bunch of pics from Folsom Europe (the event took place in Berlin in September), and I totally missed them! I only found out about them when he posted one of Dirk on my Facebook page recently. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’m sharing his really amazing photos of my sexy hubby!

The red shirt Dirk’s wearing has a fun story behind it. Way back in 2013 when Dirk and I were in San Francisco for the U.S. version of the Folsom Street Fair — and to film the Grabby-nominated TitanMen feature In the Shadows, which we’re both in — we stopped by Mr. S Leather to do some shopping. There was a certain red leather shirt that had been sitting on the rack for months; it was a custom job that someone decided they didn’t want. Dirk had been eying it for a while, but was balking at the somewhat hefty price tag (it was made from high-quality leather after all). But I got him to try it on and my jaw dropped (I took this picture at the time):

Trying on the Shirt at Mr. S 20130930

And Dirk said, “Yeahhh… I shouldn’t have done that.” I could tell that he definitely wanted it… but he was hesitating because of the price. I knew he had to have it, though. Christmas was coming up, after all, and even though the price was a little steep, it was certainly fair. So as soon as we left the store (and unbeknownst to Dirk), I texted our friend Doug who works at Mr. S and had seen Dirk try it on:

Heya Doug… so the red leather uniform shirt that Dirk just tried on… how much was it again? I want to get it for him for Christmas. I can’t come back in the store this trip (leaving for home in a few hours) so I’d need you guys to need to ship it to Boston. Would that work? Thanks…

Doug wrote back and took it off the rack to ship to me back home. I flew home later that day, but Dirk was staying in San Francisco for a few days to hang out with friends. As it turns out, he went back to Mr. S a couple of days later to buy it… and, of course, the shirt was gone. “You’ll never believe it, but somebody bought the red shirt!” he texted me. “Sigh… I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” I played dumb, noting that it had been a really a beautiful shirt and was bound to sell eventually.

Fast forward two months. It was the beginning of December, and Dirk and I were figuring out what to wear to the annual Toys for Joys fundraiser we attend. “Dammit,” he said, “I really wish I’d bought that red shirt!” I smiled. I’d been waiting to give it to him until Christmas, but the timing was just too perfect. “You mean this one?” I said, pulling the shirt out of my closet, where it had been hiding inside a garment bag. And then it was Dirk’s jaw’s turn to drop.

He wore it to that year’s Toys for Joys event (see the first picture below), and he brings it with him to pretty much all the leather events he attends all over the world… including Folsom Europe. I know I’m biased, but I think he looks fantastic in it… don’t you?

Toys for Joys 2013 (Small)

13 replies
  1. James
    James says:

    Wow, it’s interesting you say it’s someone else’s custom job someone they didn’t pick up. I don’t think that could be a more perfect fit on him if it was done on purpose. Basically, what I’m saying is, THOSE ARMS!

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  2. kim thorne
    kim thorne says:

    You are a really sweet guy Jesse to see how much Dirk wanted the shirt and you bought for him for Christmas. It is a nice shirt and Dirk looks really good in it.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Chrystal Hendrix
    Chrystal Hendrix says:

    Such a great story! Dirk looks absolutely Fabulous in that beautiful, red leather shirt. It looks as if it were custom made for him, not someone else, so it was just meant for Dirk to have it. You can tell from the quality it was a high dollar purchase, and IMO it was worth every penny. I would love to have seen Dirks face when he realized you were the purchaser….Priceless I’m sure! You are a real sweetheart Jesse. I look forward to your next BLOG post. 🙂

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  4. Alan Gray
    Alan Gray says:

    He looks so hot, in the red leather shirt. Red looks good one him. Of course, he would look good in anything.

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  5. Robert Alvarez
    Robert Alvarez says:

    Where to begin?

    First, Dirk looks SUPER HOT in the red shirt, and certainly looks hot out of it, too.

    Second, Jesse, as if I ever need to be Re-Minded what a great husband you are.

    Third, I know I would have LOVED to have seen Dirk’s jaw drop when you pulled out the red shirt.

    Fourth, when the fuck were both of you outside The Stonewall in Manhattan?! I walked by there, not even twenty-four hours ago!!

    Finally, I fully agree with Chrystal Hendrix in that the shirt looks like it was made for Dirk, not for the guy who decided he did not like the shirt. Clearly, Dirk and so many others got the better part of the deal!

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