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Outlier

By Tom Ran

Published: October 15, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Tyler Clemens and Abe Burmeister of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s ability to integrate stylish and clean designs with performance fabrics has always set them apart from other brands. Partners Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens launched their label with a pair of pants that has grown into a full blown collection of active and functional everyday pieces. Our resident style editor Andrew Craig pays a visit to Outlier’s studio to find out how the two started and what direction the label is headed in our What’s in Store? series. Though Outlier sells directly online, they open their studios every Friday from 4pm – 7pm to the public.

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Makers and Merchants – Steaks & Suits

By Tom Ran

Published: October 14, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Brooks Brothers' Manhattan flagship.

Photo: New York Post

It wasn’t long ago that a coffee bar inside a shop was an unusual pairing. But more and more, retailers are embracing that extra caffeinated revenue. Saturdays Surf has perfected it and the new Rapha store in the meatpacking district has made it a substantial part of the floor plan. Labels are now coalescing the idea of a restaurant. Last month when we half jokingly reported that Gant Rugger was set to open a restaurant, we didn’t realize it was becoming a thing. Brooks Brothers announced last week that they are set to open a steakhouse next summer. It’ll be located in midtown and will be called Makers and Merchants. Other than the square footage (15,000), that’s the extent of the information. According to NY Post, no building plans, no liquor license has been filed, and no operator or management company has been announced. It’s still a long ways away but it wouldn’t surprise us to hear of more labels opening restaurants in the coming year.

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Pop Up Flea London

By Tom Ran

Published: October 11, 2013 under Fashion & Style

The Pop Up Flea lands in London this weekend

Photo: Pop Up Flea

New York City is flooded with markets of all sorts during the holidays to meet every consumer’s distinguished needs. Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg’s Pop Up Flea has been a fixture every season and one we look forward to. And as it grew year by year, expansion was inevitable. This weekend the duo will bring their Pop Up Flea to London along with a handful of American brands and British labels and shops. Levi’s, Red Wing, Filson, Todd Snyder, Tellason, and Shinola are the few from the U.S., North Sea Clothing, The Vintage Showroom, Anthem, and London Undercover from the U.K. It all goes down starting today through the weekend in London. As for New Yorkers, the Pop Up Flea returns December 6th.

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In Good Company with The Hill-Side

By Tom Ran

Published: September 26, 2013 under Fashion & Style

The Hill-Side A/W 2013

Photo: Backyard Bill for The Hill-Side

A few weeks ago I got an email from Emil Corsillo asking if I wanted to be included in The Hill-Side A/W 2013 lookbook. Instead of having people model their scarves, ties, and handkerchiefs they would be displayed in their homes, blended within its surroundings. I happily agreed. Bill Gentle (Backyard Bill) took the helm of shooting while James Wilson (Secret Forts) was on styling duty. The campaign consisted of twelve Brooklyn homes including Frank Muytjens (J.Crew), Sweetu Patel (C’H’C’M’), Richard Haines, Kyle Garner (Sit & Read), Shana Tabor (In God We Trust), a few others and yours truly. It’s a game of which home belongs to whom. Visit The Hill-Side to see more and a look at the new season’s collection.

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Trench Boot By Oak Street Bootmakers

By Tom Ran

Published: September 24, 2013 under Fashion & Style

The brown Chromexcel Trench Boot from Oak Street

Photo: Oak Street Bootmakers

Chicago based Oak Street Bootmakers have been gradually expanding their line of high quality made boots and shoes since it began in 2010. When they introduced their Trench Boot last December, it was designed to be the perfect boot that one day your kids would identify as ’dad’s boots’ according to founder George Vlagos. But as popular as they were, they were met with plenty of requests for a Horween Brown Chromexcel version. So they’re introducing this new style today. The patented leather creates a beautiful finish that is unlike standard full grain leather with a texture that is soft and flexible. And as with all their other shoes, the boots are made with replaceable soles so that they can last a lifetime. This is as handsome as they come.

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Gant Rugger Brooklyn

By Tom Ran

Published: September 18, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Gant Rugger's Williamsburg location on the corner of North 6th and Berry

Photo: Gant Rugger

GANT Rugger is opening up a restaurant. Sort of… On the heels of their Brooklyn Luxe Local Food campaign for their fall/winter collection, GANT Rugger is expanding into the borough with two new stores in Brooklyn. The first will be in Williamsburg which incorporates a ‘Tasting Table’ concept. The shop includes a working chef’s kitchen, bistro seating and a 600 sq ft outdoor garden for events. It may be the first of its kind and a commitment by GANT Rugger to make the unlikely pairing of food and fashion. The new Williamsburg store will be on the corner of No. 6th and Berry, the space that was recently vacated by Future Perfect. The other location will be in a smaller space on Atlantic Ave in Boerum Hill. It’s situated steps from Steven Alan and across the street from Hollander Lexer. The Williamsburg shop is expected to open in November followed by the Boerum Hill location.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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