Out & About: Tanner Goods Flagship Store - 1308 W. Burnside, Portland, OR
During my most recent trip to my home state I went in to Portland to visit some menswear companies that are distinctly “Pacific Northwest” - the area has a unique aesthetic, and Tanner Goods captures that as well as anyone else. While I was at the store I was able to chat with Colton Tong, manager of the Portland flagship, and learn a bit more about the brand.
In a brief moment of serendipity last month, I happened to come across the Proper Cloth headquarters by pure accident; they were located right next to the Meermin trunk show and I stumbled in by chance on my way out. Needless to say, I took full advantage of the opportunity and had a quick look around.
Over the years I have bought plenty of shirts from Proper Cloth (as seen here), so it was nice to meet founder Seph Skerritt and get a better look at what the company is up to. Their NYC office is loaded with fabric books and shirt samples, and locals can book appointments to be measured in person there.
I was also able to take a quick look at their expanding line of accessories; the ties in particular were quite nice (the cashmere ones - like on the mannequin below - were sold out at the time, but it looks like they’re back online). All told, it was a fun little excursion, and I’m glad I got to meet the team behind the products I own. My thanks go to Seph and the team for graciously hosting a random walk-in off the street claiming to be a “menswear blogger” - in other words, someone that comes in, takes a bunch of photos, and doesn’t buy anything. Thanks, guys!
Coming to America - A Visit to the Meermin Trunk Show
One of my most anticipated stops during the recent trip to NYC was the Meermin trunk show last week. The brand has been getting lots of press in the past year or two and I have been increasingly curious about their wares. The problem, though, is that their shoes are only physically present at their storefronts in Spain and Japan. Their web store is well set up for international orders, but since the shoes cannot be tried on it makes determining the correct size a difficult and somewhat risky undertaking.
Yes, there is a new Gant Rugger store in San Francisco.
I heard rumors of a new Gant store in San Francisco recently but was admittedly skeptical; the brand isn’t known for doing things quietly and it seemed impossible for the store to sneak into the Bay without quite a bit of fanfare. Nonetheless, I checked it out in person and the store is alive and well in the middle of Hayes Valley. They had their “soft” opening about two weeks ago; the official launch party will be in a few weeks and it sounds like some well-known faces may be in attendance.
The store is exclusively men’s clothing and carries a well-stocked selection of the Rugger line as well as a healthy portion of the infamous Michael Bastian line (paging Mr. Zee…). If you’re a fan of the preppy New England aesthetic that this brand promotes (and don’t mind the price tag that comes with it) then you’ll want to make a point of stopping by.