Now that Spring has sprung here’s my Best of List to get you going. This list is somewhat less then traditional since it isn’t just about clothing but gear as well that includes Fins and Wetsuits, Art Supplies, Travel Gear and Blades. As I’ve stated in the past I’m no fashionista but all about personal style. I like stuff you can buy today and wear 5-10 years from now, though I do like new cuts and colors. If you’re going to stay fit, your clothes should reflect that without being overly form fitting, plus I had the big box of crayolas as a kid…so I love variations on colors. Some of my favorites that seem to be big this Spring are Blue Steel and variations on Turquoise and Aqua fading into Sea Foam. Of note Crosby Street in Soho has become the hot street in Soho and a number of the spots on this list are on it.
Aether – Known for their lightweight ultra warm waterproof Winter jackets , for Spring check out their Biker Jackets($650-1195), Hooded Henley’s($110) and T-shirts($40-55) in great blue and grey shades. 13 Crosby Street.
Blick – The superstore for Art supplies. Grab a sketch pad and some pencils or maybe a travel watercolors set to use while sitting at a cafe and when it gets warmer by the pool or beach. Open your horizons and take a Painting class and get your Acrylics, Oils, or Watercolors here. They frequently have sales. 1 Bond Street
Carson Street Clothiers – Great Men’s store on Crosby Street that carries well made tailored garments from Local designers, International ones and their own brand. They make the list for their Swimwear from Onia and Orlebar Brown and in particular for the fact they carry Rivera($85) footwear. Rivera’s are the love child of an espadrille and slip-on loafer. Perfect to wear from the beach to the bar to later that night at a restaurant(perfect for those of us who like to pack light). 63 Crosby Street
Champion by Todd Snyder T-Shirts($60-85) and Sweats ($115-175) This is the stuff I grew up on to work out and hang out in…these are a bit more refined and expensive but made well and in North America (Canada) maybe more for post work-out them the gym but built to sweat as well. I picked up a couple of their classic T’s in non-classic colors…washed out Aqua and a washed out Pink. 242 Elizabeth Street
Crumpler- I love their camera cases for point and shoots as well as 35mm. For my adventures I picked up their Spring Duffel Bag on wheels with retractable handle and it’s become my defacto Travel bag. 45 Spring Street
Fjallraven – They just opened a new store on Grand and Greene in Soho. Swedish camping gear. Great waterproof jackets and duffel bags. Their Uncle Blue is a great color. Their Greenland jacket($220) is loaded with pockets and they will re-wax it for you annually(if need be, mine has not) to keep it water proof. 38 Greene Street
Good Life – High quality T-Shirts, Sweats, and Board-shorts designed and manufactured in the US of A. The comfy sweat shorts($99) are great with deep side pockets and a back pocket with a wooden button. Colors vary from basics like navy and black to cool seasonal colors like Reef Water and Teal. While they do not currently have a brick n mortar location the goods are available at Scoop and Bloomingdale’s in NY and On-Line.
Mainsai – Nautical themed brackets made out of leather and nylon cords(most under $100) with Fishing hooks and Anchors for clasps. Also awesome Teas served both Hot and Iced. 33 Crosby Street
Patagonia Surf- I cannot wait to hit to hit the beach…as soon as it hits the 70 with some sun I’m in! Wetsuits, Swim Fins and Surf Boards aside from all their other great stuff. I looking into one of the Spring Wetsuits($189) with long sleeves but short length at the legs. 313 Bowery Street
Saturdays – Of course you know them for board-shorts, boards and T’s but did you know they have great chino’s? I picked up a great pair in Steel Blue($128)and have my eyes on their new Sneakers $85. Also great coffee and a very cool backyard to chill out and enjoy it in. 31 Crosby Street
Swiss Army Soho – the classic pocket knives available in the original models and new one handed opening models like the sweet Hunter XT. Of note, their knives are guaranteed for life…they recently fixed the scissors on my mini classic that I purchased many, many moons ago. They have some great travel luggage as well. 99 Wooster Street
Warby Parker – Great Selection of both Glasses and Sunglasses(available as Prescription glasses) in Retro and Modern frames that will not break the bank($95-$150 for most). 819 Washington Street