In all my years, neither I, nor anyone I know had ever heard the name “Jilson” before, so it is certainly unique (in reality, NO one ever called Dad by this name, he always went by Jay or J.H.). Jilson was born in 1919, as a child was the Knoxville champion at playing marbles, later was a two-time city champion at tennis, enjoyed motorcycles as a hobby, began his career as a mechanical engineer (designed systems that aided fighter planes in WWII), later became a nuclear engineer working on numerous top secret projects out of Oak Ridge.
Dad was part of what has been dubbed “the greatest generation”. While this normally refers to their efforts to end the evils of WWII, but it also harkens to a time when men wore hats, everyone dressed to the nines for travel, big band music filled dance halls, friends enjoyed picnics, and there was a deep sense of community and country.
I wish I knew more of my grandfather’s history, but I do know Charles Fielden was an award-winning master tailor. He founded Amercian Clothing Company in Knoxville, TN. It is now known as John H. Daniel and they continue to make the finest custom suits in Knoxville.
Dad used to say to me, “Son, you’ve got champagne tastes and a Coca-Cola wallet” (having grown up during the depression, the value of a dollar stuck with him throughout his life). I learned at an early age you could have the best on a much more reasonable budget if you were savvy and knew where to find a good deal.
In this day and age, people still want the finest craftsmanship and quality, but it’s important to get the most for your money. Consignment is the perfect way to buy the best at a fraction of retail. Consignors can also turn their gently used fine clothing into
Jilson’s will be a place where gentlemen will find the finest pieces to enhance their wardrobe as well as making money passing along those items from their closets they no longer wear.
It’s a place where guys will want to hang out a bit longer than just to shop, enjoy a beverage, much on some snack mix. The Panther’s game may be playing, or another sporting event like racing. And, car shows will definitely be part of the Jilson lifestyle. Come experience it for yourself. You can bet it will be an experience unlike any other!