Thursday, April 22, 2010

First Look: Freemans Sporting Club, Bleeker st, NYC.


























Among the list of other projects Taavo and co are working on these days, open for business just today, is the west village(Bleeker @ Christopher st.)FSC outpost. Boxes were still being unpacked, mirrors installed, SS10 arranged and hung upon my visit to see the fellas and have a look around. Residing in a former bodega shuttered for the past six years, the space was gutted, freezers removed, years of neglect attended to and left relatively raw save for some painting and refinishing. Ultimately, it's a different shop than the original Rivington st. location with its own feel. Lighter and airier, it's corner locale lends two walls to mostly windows and plenty of sunlight. But at heart, its all FSC; vintage and salvaged lighting, tables and vitrines, the case work done by Taavo and co themselves.

It's a work in progress as of now, however, the Spring arrivals are in and look really good(see photos for evidence). Some stand outs are the light weight waxed cotton tab collar jacket, the indigo-dyed Japanese denim suiting(washed down for the perfect summer suit feel), the usual perfect plaid summer weight bd's, chambray and light weight 5 pocket trousers. Some new Quoddy + FSC boat shoes and chukkas, ML Brown belts in an assortment of dope colors, PF Flyers windjammer sneakers and billykirk straw trilbies and bank bags.
In the near future, FSC west plans on adding in a curated offering of outdoor necessities as well as becoming the manhattan outpost for Blue Bottle Coffee(the only other being 160 Berry (@N. 5th) in Brooklyn), complete with a take out window on Bleeker. At the rear of the shop, up a few steps, will be an on site tailor tending to alterations and some of the steps in the made to measure process.
It's gonna be an interesting and busy summer for FSC, with the new site ready to relaunch in May and a spate of other projects on deck. Stay tuned.Now get over to Bleeker and welcome them to the neighborhood.

FSC
327 Bleeker
NYC




10 comments:

L.A.S said...

Nice job James. Everything here looks raw as fuck.

R.A. said...

^ Yeah, what Lawrence said. I've always wished that this store was in Seattle instead.

Anonymous said...

looks great! any idea if they've entertained the idea of an online shop?

james said...

online shop to be part of the site's relaunch in May...

Junctioned said...

Amazing stuff. That tab collar coat is the business.

Simon Fleming said...

Damn that is nice. I think I need a blue belt, yep I'm pretty sure I do.
Will check back for the online store.

P.M said...

So glad this happened, and I have a good spot to spend my paycheck on, less than a half block from work!

Not to mention a new daily coffee spot.

I spent a minute talking to Taavo and Kent as they were opening this new spot, and I'm really excited to see it's addition to the neighborhood.

Good people, doing really good things.

JP said...

james, i was there around 4ish on thur...didnt even know they were adding a new store. nice guys working at this shop. they had some nice summer shirts im gonna pick up.

sinnlighet said...

Your blog ..... it's amazing and soooo inspiring. Nice to find you!

A small footprint from Agneta & Sweden

unitedstyle said...

That waxed cotton jacket looks beautiful and the store looks great. I wish I could get out to NYC to check it out in person.