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Friday, February 17, 2012

The Haberdashery

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

More good news on the men's retail front: Todd Everett Kinner quietly opened The Haberdashery about two weeks ago in the tiny space at 744 NW 12th that was formerly occupied by the Recycled Chic Boutique (which moved just one block further south on 12th). A former EBay seller and current freelance photographer, Kinner specializes in designer re-sale, and his limited square footage doesn't allow for much fluff. The racks abound with mint-condition (often never-worn items from sample sales) shirts from Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana, Acne, J. Crew, Helmut Lang, Uniqlo, jeans from A.P.C. and Naked and Famous, a wealth of shoes (H by Hudson, Prada), ties and sunglasses, vests, and more (Kinner himself is a vest man, pairing his with the requisite shirt and tie on top, tailored jeans and cool boots on the bottom).

About 50 times hipper than, say, Well Suited, and with just a smattering of iconic vintage pieces, the shop is perfect for label man-whores on a budget (hello PNCA students, whose campus is just across the street), with excellent pricing ($20-60 for most shirts and jeans, $100 or less for shoes). Kinner, who hasn't advertised, is contemplating an inaugural event for March's first Thursday, but get in there ASAP before the hordes catch wind.

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Kinner is carrying a pair of vintage tailoring scissors in reference to the heritage of the word "haberdasher," outlined on a section of the web shop he has just today been polishing up:
Since I opened my store, I have come to realize a lot of people think haberdashery means hat shop. And sure, you can buy a hat at a haberdashery, this is true. However, haberdashery is currently an all-encompassing term for a men’s clothing store and menswear in general. In school, I remember reading Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and learning the word haberdasher for the first time. A haberdasher was initially a peddler who sold small articles for making clothes, such as buttons, thread and zippers. Now, a haberdasher is a person that owns or works in a haberdashery. I have always liked the word haberdashery and it signified an upscale men’s clothing store to me. Somewhere you would go to buy something dandy like a well designed shirt, an alluring tie or the perfect jacket. So, when I was planning to open a men’s designer consignment boutique, it seemed like the logical name for my store.

In High School, I became interested in current clothing trends, fashion and reinventing the classic iconic looks. My style has evolved and changed over the years from preppy/punk to 80′s new wave to the vintage classics of the 1940′s, 1950′s and 1960′s in combination with the ever-changing current trends. I have kept my favorite elements of some of those different time periods in combination with what’s current in my style repertoire. My favorite look currently is a fitted dress shirt, a skinny tie and a suit vest over dark selvedge jeans with some well made leather boots and a black pea coat. In my opinion, the look is very modern, but also has the elements of the classics. The look is a reinvention of the classics, which to me, is a big part of what fashion is.

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