In my experience, few things beat overstaying your welcome at C’H’C’M’ on Bond Street in NoHo, trying on everything in store, and geeking out with proprietor, buyer and all-round good guy Sweetu about menswear, life in general and Anglo/American relations (he’s English). The underground menswear spot is my favourite in New York City, and Sweetu’s buy is broad-yet-selective, spanning French workwear (Arpenteur), Scottish knitwear (Drumohr), American sportswear (Ovadia & Sons) and denimwear (Levi’s Vintage Clothing), alongside a whole raft of other brands I’m often unfamiliar with – much to my own detriment. All added together, it’s the kind of clothingClick to Continue!
Photos: Katherine Lowe It’s important to have a clubhouse. Back home in Auckland if I need a little sartorial geekery I can most often be found at Crane Brothers, Fabric or Black Box discussing the perfect colour of a knit tie, the latest American heritage brand or the pros and cons of tailored versus layered menswear. Here in New York, C’H’C’M’ is quickly starting to fill the void. It’s located on my street, the offering is insane and the staff don’t seem to get too annoyed if I visit three or four times per week. C’H’C’M’ sells the perfect blendClick to Continue!
TGI Friday, but it’s been a fun week. Highlights include: Krazy Karaoke at The Woods on Tuesday night where Jack Tame destroyed the world with his rendition of Forgot About Dre (a veritable sea of panties went flying at the stage, mine included); a surprise subway station meeting with my favourite illustrator Richard Haines – such a small world!; drinks and nibs courtesy of Gant Rugger, where I met Creative Director Christopher Bastin and enjoyed the fruits of his collaboration with The Brooklyn Salsa Company; and an OTI (on-the-internet) meet and greet with my new favourite Kiwi superstar in-the-making Lorde. GoodClick to Continue!
I’m not sure which one I love more – a good sweater or C’H’C’M’, but yesterday I got to enjoy both simultaneously so it was a win win for all. One of the advantages of having Katherine Lowe in town is that we can just shoot stuff whenever the mood takes us, so after visiting Happy Bones NYC (Kiwi Luke Harwood’s new cafe on Bond Street), we headed over to C’H’C’M’ to see the stock. Ancient Scottish knitwear company Drumohr’s sweaters had just arrived and I was overcome with the need to try on every single one of them, soClick to Continue!
Three things happened in the past three weeks: My love affair with menswear was rekindled, I got a new bike, and my Mum sent me an article about narcissism that she cut out of The Listener – New Zealand’s answer to Time Magazine. With the clothing obsession came an unbridled attempt to drain the contents of my bank account, and with the bike came a cheap new way to travel around the city – thus equilibrium was restored. The article threw me a little. It would seem that this new-found obsession with self isn’t doing any of us any favoursClick to Continue!