The brainchild of Lou Jane Temple, November Pink specialized in vintage clothing as well as avant-garde designs from boutique shows in New York City. Thriving on estate sales and auctions when one could still get clothes from the 40s and 50s, November Pink flourished in the popular “Old New” niche of the day. One might even find the occasional Nelly Don dress.
November Pink once fronted Tim Whitmer and David Base of City Light Orchestra with vintage gabardine suits as they developed their sound and style. Sporting their suits while playing before a packed house at the Folly Theater in 1985, The Village Voice called City Light Orchestra the best swing band to come out of Kansas City since Jay McShann.
Kansas Citians may also remember Temple for her Café Lulu on Westport Road and its world food menu, as well as her column in the Kansas City Star, entitled “The Marriage of Food and Wine.” She also published numerous books, including a couple of culinary mysteries, was a regular food critic on KCUR’s Walt Bodine Show, and worked in all areas of Kansas City film production.
Her November Pink operated at two locations on Westport Road, first at 1719 and later at 415, between the years 1980 and 1985. Naturally, LUMI is pleased to outfit its own vintage collection with neon from this iconic Kansas City boutique.