TOURS

The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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FEATURES

Mike Abelson of Postalco

Design
By Tom Ran
Mike Abelson in the Postalco studio

Photo: Barry Whittaker

Mike Abelson was among the initial group behind Jack Spade’s irreverent identity when it launched in 1997. Along with a small team, he and Andy Spade were successful in bridging functionality and style with a sense of humor in a time when messenger bags were the go-to accessories for guys. After years of building the brand, Abelson set out on his own to launch Postalco with his wife Yuri.

URL postalco.net

Back Track

Collections
By Tom Ran
A sampling of Jordan Viray’s vintage backpack collection that has grown to over 80 packs in the past two and a half years.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

When Jansport introduced their heritage line in 2010, it was a signal to the industry that heritage had made its way to the outdoors market. The backpacks that were once synonymous with the collegiate and back-to-school market was looking back to its roots as an outdoors brand. Kelty, the 50-year-old company followed suit with the launch of its Vintage line in 2011. But as many trends go, its origins were traced back to a small group of fanatics.

Greenpoint and the Brothers from hOmE

Food / Drink
By Craig Cavallo
The designers of Alameda, Evan and Oliver Haslegrave of hOmE.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

At the beginning of The Big Lebowski, Sam Elliot’s gravelly voiceover brings the audience into the scene. “Sometimes there a man,” he says, “well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.” It turns out, sometimes that man has a brother, and sometimes those brothers start a design firm. That’s the Haslegraves, and the time and place is right now in Greenpoint.

What’s In Store? - Daiki Suzuki

What’s In Store
By Andrew Craig
Daiki Suzuki of Engineered Garments

Photo: Rose Callahan

Despite being a native of Japan, Daiki Suzuki is the designer behind some the best Americana-inspired clothes out there today. After some years in America as a buyer, Suzuki founded Engineered Garments in 1999, which has continued to produce beautiful and utterly unique collections every season since. With intricate construction, vintage influence, and modern panache, he has been the driving force behind a bold and fresh take on American workwear, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed.

URL engineeredgarments.com

What’s In Store? - Eunice Lee

What’s In Store
By Andrew Craig
Eunice Lee in front of her Nolita shop.

Photo: Rose Callahan

Since its conception in 2000, UNIS has developed into a mainstay of classic and understated design in the menswear scene. The label’s oxfords, chinos, t-shirts, and jackets – all produced and manufactured in New York and Los Angeles – have a simple yet sophisticated aesthetic. Eunice Lee, the founder, has maintained a perfect balance between a tailored, contemporary feel and subtle, timeless designs by drawing inspiration from vintage American casual wear. Her designs are modern and flattering while maintaining a utilitarian edge, which has given the label an enviable prestige among stylish men who value simplicity and quality.

URL unisnewyork.com

What’s In Store? - Todd Snyder

What’s In Store
By Andrew Craig
Todd Snyder in his showroom.

Photo: Rose Callahan

After years of designing for American menswear stalwarts Ralph Lauren, Gap, and J.Crew, Todd Snyder’s breakout F/W ’11 collection somehow managed to feel both fresh and satisfyingly classic. While the elements to Snyder’s aesthetic may be familiar – and have since become pervasive, due in no small part to his efforts – the foundations of rugged, vintage-inspired work and military wear were blended effortlessly with sharp, modern tailoring. The fluid way the two disparate inspirations came together displayed all of the best elements in his previous brands with a subtle new sophistication, and this idea has matured with each new collection.

URL toddsnyder.com