Leavitt & Peirce, the oldest store in Cambridge, looks like just that… the oldest store in Cambridge, lol. From the displays to the knick knacks to the games, tobacco, and shaving products this is truly a man's shop.
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Sometimes a person can live or go to college in a city for years and not really know it. Yeah they can tell you how to get to this street or that, but they probably can't tell you the best Italian restaurant, organic grocery store, or men's shop. So a little while ago, we headed back to campus to "re-tour" Cambridge, Ma. We've created a small list of our T.U.G certified favorite spots in Harvard Square. Then we went across the bridge and snapped, just a couple, pics of friends.
In the next few post we'll feature photos from the T.U.G certified spots. And from there you can go visit those stores and tell them that The Urban Gentleman sent you ;-).
T.U.G Cambridge Tour of Harvard Square…
Very early this fall Strivers Row designer/owner Jason Geter sent us a few photos of his new clothing collection and invited us to check out the store…. and I must say we were thoroughly impressed.
First, The Brand:
Strivers Row is one of those brands with a strong sense of history and meaning. It's a men's lifestyle brand that breathes life into fashion by studying the past.
The collection is a personal expression of a lifestyle that respects the juxtaposition of form and function, past and present, and in an environment that is both relaxed yet refined. The collaborators behind the Strivers Row brand, Emmett Harrell (the creative mastermind behind Akademiks and PRPS) and Jason Geter believe that in fashion, more than any other form of expression, the work must commend itself for some other reason than its cleverness or originality, or it will clearly wear out its welcome.
The Flagship Store
Walking in we were warmly greeted by the manager, Will. This guy is very congenial, he told us that he tries to make sure that Strivers Row isn't just some "stuffy" boutique in a rich area where the employees are arrogant for no reason. So whether you step into Strivers Row in jeans and t-shirt or a Canali suit and 7-fold tie you'll get good customer service. Why can't all stores be like that!?
Will showed us around and filled us with plenty of information from the brands they carry to selvedge denim and much more…
Strivers Row & Co. carries a number of brands: Strivers Row, PRPS, Stone Island, Canterbury of New Zealand, Jean Shop, Warehouse Co. Duck Digger, BkC, Mister Freedom, Dita, and more. We had a long discussion with Will about selvedge denim: the 'highest-selling' brands: (Nudie, G-star, True Religion, Evisu, APC, and Diesel, just to name a few)… he put us on to one of the very few American custom jean shops: Imogene and Willy... and of course we took a closer looks at Strivers Row denim.
Strivers Row is one of the few denim brands, if not the only, that has their name custom embroidered on the selvedge. Other companies may have their names pre-stamped on the selvedge, but Striver's is actually embroidered (post jean being made)… so there's a very high attention to detail when it comes to Strivers Row, which makes sense since Jason Geter spent months researching denim in Japan before creating their own.
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