I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be celebrating the worldwide launch of the Men In This Town book in New York during fashion week! The Powerhouse Arena will be graciously hosting the event in Brooklyn on September 9th. So if you’re going to be in town, I would love to see you there!
RSVP to RSVP@powerHouseArena.com
An office can tell you a lot about a creator, but in this case, we were first struck by Kendrick Jackson’s off-beat preppy look at WeWork Wonder Bread Factory.
Turns out, this modern day gentleman also has a beautiful office turned showroom that matches his dapper style. The managing partner of State of Affairs, a men’s custom clothier and lifestyle brand, describes the decor of his showroom as a “reflection of the company’s everyday lifestyle.”
Jackson and his team at State of Affairs has mastered showing off their wares in a cool, comfortable space so their clients can feel relaxed when they’re coming in for alterations or cocktail workshops.
We chatted with Jackson as part of The Desktop — a series that highlights interesting (and always inviting) offices at WeWork. Jackson shares where he draws inspiration from inside these glass walls.
“We have made an effort to take one client at a time in the showroom. It’s important for them to see that their comfort comes before ours. We are proud to have a space that respects this philosophy.”
“It’s important for us to have a functional and beautiful workspace because it plays a pivotal role in our company. It has to look great and be organized or it can quickly look cluttered. You want to showcase an item in the best light possible that will hopefully elevate your customer’s wardrobe.”
“Brandon Andrew, a leading tech and policy advocate here in the District is one of our style icons. We also like Gianni Agnelli, a prominent automobile, industrial, and menswear enthusiast. I love that we are able to get inspiration from icons from the past and present. This really fits into our classic and modern approach to menswear.”
They’re silk ties handmade in Como, Italy, and based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Another favorite brand is General Knot & Co. It’s an Upstate New York brand that makes and designs everything here in the U.S., which has been a major selling point for our cost-conscious clients.”
“In these days of content overload, a magazine like Monocle is in a league of its own. We love the in-depth articles and briefings from around the world, but we hate that it takes so long to finish an issue. Monocle has been a valued resource for us to update and inform our clients on various places to visit when we hear of their upcoming travels.”
“The sketches are from our family and partners at A&H Magazine. They were sketches taken from photographs at the Pitti Uomo menswear trade show in Florence that occurs twice a year, every January and June. We also work closely with another traveling artist by the name of Sunflowerman, who is a contributor at Details magazine.”
“The beer goblets compliment the amenities that WeWork provides. It’s only right to serve a beer in a proper glass rather than a plastic cup, especially to a gentleman who is about to make an investment in his wardrobe.”
“Our concept is very simple. Scour the planet for the highest quality products at an accessible price. Clients can try on each item in our showroom and make an order in person or online. We can have any item shipped to them in three to 15 business days. This concept has been revolutionary for our business. We want to continue growing upward and onward, and we look forward to getting shit done.”
Photographs by Lauren Kallen
HOW DID I MISS THIS: Nickel Creek
Oh Nickel Creek, where have you been all my life? A hole in my repertoire I didn’t know existed, it’s no wonder that everyone freaked out when this band just went on tour for the first time in a decade. I was curious what all the hype was about and saw a violin in the press photo, so then promptly educated myself by listening to everything that Spotify would let me hear. Conclusion: Nickel Creek is one hell of a roots group! After that I forgot about the long overdue magic I had discovered, but fortunately one day I cut someone off mid conversation because I heard a really familiar sound on NPR, which I realized was Nickel Creek’s “Destination”- hence, my love for Nickel Creek was reignited and “Destination” was added to my running playlist. Nickel Creek, I’m so glad that you all are back, even though I didn’t know that you were gone in the first place.
-Emily Hirsch @emhirschybar
How to fold a pocket square by Mr. Michael Hill. MR PORTER
Out & About: The Alden Shop of San Francisco (170 Sutter St.)
There are quite a few clothing stores in downtown San Francisco. Some are common and approachable, like Uniqlo and Macy’s, while others like Nieman Marcus and Wilkes Bashford are only for the true ballers among us. Of course, it should come as no surprise that my favorite store is neither of these things - it is small, unassuming, and focused on doing just one thing but doing it well. It’s something surprisingly unique to the Bay Area, too - the Alden Shop of San Francisco.
I know what you’re thinking: “I thought Alden was a Massachusetts brand! It says ‘New England’ right there in the photo!” Well, you’re not wrong, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Alden shoes are indeed made in New England, and they’re sold at high-end retailers all over the world. What makes the San Francisco shop unique is that it is one of only two stores that is directly affiliated with the factory (the other one is in Washington, D.C.). For that reason, it is the biggest - and best - collection of Alden shoes anywhere.