Smart, stylish men, who are also Buckler models.
Retail real estate is scarce in New York City leading shops to get creative with their locations. The Comme Des Garçons store makes intimate space out of a soaring Chelsea gallery with a series of sculptural screens. Nom De Guerre, an underground (literally) menswear boutique in SOHO, is accessed by a narrow metal staircase that descends into a sewer grate off of Broadway.
The Meatpacking District Buckler shop is also subterranean, sitting one floor below Gansevoort. The basement space does double duty as the label's headquarters where Brit-born designer Andrew Buckler builds his rock dandy brand of suiting and sportswear.
When I visited last Friday, Buckler was coming down from his menswear market week show where he debuted medieval Spring 2009 styles incorporating chain mail prints and armour-inspired asymmetry. Dark fall looks heavy on coating were about to be shipped to other outlets including his new Toronto store, opened last month at 700 Queen West at Manning.
Buckler's dramatic but dapper look, worn by bands like The Strokes, Editors and Franz Ferdinand, is a good fit for this stretch of Queen, which is quickly turning into a destination for style smart guys. Sydney's, Delphic, Simon Carter, Kama Kazi and Deluxe all appeal to well traveled shoppers who hop through the world's best shopping destinations or get away by surfing We Are the Market, Dejour and Superfuture.