The BKc, The Bearded Man Speaks . . .

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The BKc, The Bearded Man Speaks: As much as I would like to answer all of the emails or questions that we receive at questionthebeard@thebkcircus.com, gmail,facebook or in person, it has become impossible. Never in my wildest dream, did I think you guys would have so many questions and some really good ones too. I love to read the emails and have read through a large percentage and plan to read through all 3,436 emails but something has to change. Maybe we should do a round table and invite everyone to ask their questions and interact in a live open forum with the BKc team, lead by The Bearded Man.

Why has this become difficult?
With the press schedule, photo shoots, production schedule, family, the stores, traveling and polishing the brand to make it better and better for you guys, it’s close to impossible to continue to reply to everyone’s questions via email or in person. I’ve heard that “The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer” or as Jay Z would put it “Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week”, unfortunately folks I can’t “do this in my slumber, summer”.

Solution: I would love to invite you guys to follow us on twitter for a public chat every Sunday as “The Bearded Man Speaks” live on twitter. You must first follow us on twitter and log in every Sunday and catch up on everything BKc as I see it. Learn about branding, marketing and more, of course how I see it and experienced it. I’ll be more than open to answer all BRAND RELATED questions, business question, ie. How we started, did we take out a loan? What’s the 100 Year plan? Who’s our favorite designer? what advice would you give someone interested in starting a brand? We thought about doing an FAQ section on the site, but figured we’d make it a bit more informative by giving you live answers and not so generic answers. We’ll try that and see how it works. Now go over to twitter and ask away.

@thebkcircus

The BKc SF, Anniversary Block Party. . .

The Brooklyn Circus SF – Three Year Anniversary Celebration from The Work The Work on Vimeo.

The BKc SF, Anniversary Block Party: Our dream for next year is to charter a plane to San Francisco for this event, calling all sponsors!! People on the West Coast count the days down as they eagerly wait for The Fillmore Jazz Festival & The Brooklyn Circus SF celebration. We’d love to bring the East Coast into the fun, man how beautiful it would be. Please enjoy the beautiful footage, shot & edited by our good friends/film crew at The Work The Work, who gave us allot more than we could afford-That’s what friends are for. The BKc Style + Character & The 100 Year Plan . . .

Act Fast: SF Anniversary T-shirt restocked & available only in NYc 150 Nevins (corner of Bergen St.)
phone orders accepted:(718) 858.0919 or email shoponline@TheBKcircus.com

The BKc, Live from Project . . .

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PROJECT NY July 2011 from PROJECT on Vimeo.

The BKc, Japan 2011 recap (food & new experiences) . . .

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The BKc, Japan 2011 recap (food & new experiences): There is always something new to explore in Japan, the more you go the more you realize you don’t know about Japanese culture. The Japanese love to entertain and any opportunity to host a foreign guest comes with lots of food, lots of drinking and please leave your shoes at the door. Grandma would be happy to see us take our shoes off, but eating that much raw food would be a no no. We tried everything once and actually loved most of it. We thought we’d share some of our favorites with you, so the next time you are in Japan you’ll have more than the pictures or great food displays to help you in your decision. You’ll know that one of us tried it and actually liked it. The BKc Style + Character & The 100 Year Plan . . .

The Bearded Man is here. Old school canvas sneakers or wingtips in a sample size 9 are dead giveaway that someone from the BKc is here. It’s always fun to try to guess who is wearing what. The sign at the door warned of not walking out with better shoes that you came in with.


Early in the morning or late at night
are the best times to go to the Hot springs. Natural hot springs (onsen) are very popular in Japan and are normally found in the countryside. In Yonezawa we where treated to a very traditional Japanese guest house with several outdoor Natural Hot Springs. The water is fresh, HOT yet very good for stressed muscles and a traveling BKc.

Osaka is know for Okonomiyaki a tasty Japanese pancake filled with lots of ingredients. “The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”& lots of fried food” (wikipedia). Be careful the stuff is delicious but can be very fatty. Picture above is not a shot of Okonomiyaki, but something close to it that we really enjoyed.

A very traditional Japanese breakfast. Traditional in the sense of where even the folks in the bigger cities (Tokyo & Osaka) do not eat like this in the morning. The food was fresh, light and very tasty. Tasty in an explorative way, don’t expect it to taste like anything you’ve had here in America, Europe or Latin America to say the least. Almost forgot about the cherries, Yonezawa is known for it’s beef and very expensive cherries.



A shot of some grilled/fried meats also very popular in Osaka.
This is very close to American food, something familiar to our American palate, but it is fatty, know when to say no. Your Japanese host will want to see you happy and force you to have more.


Having fresh Udon noodles which are a flat and slippery Japanese wheat noodles with the crew in Yamagata, in a very traditional home setting. They are traditionally served cold in the summer, sorry not a favorite of ours. But the environment and ambiance was very refreshing.

The BKc, Japan 2011 recap . . .

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The BKc, Japan 2011 recap: Special thanks to the entire Jetro team for inviting us to Japan and giving us one of the best experiences and tours of Japan’s country side and fabric mills. We were also fortunate to see a different side of Osaka and we loved every minute of it. We are forever grateful for the traditional experience, from tea ceremony, to the hot springs in Yonezawa, to meeting an drinking Sake with the Mayor. Can’t forget introducing us to the best beef known to man, Yonezawa beef.

While in Tokyo, The Bearded Man caught up with Kohey for two full days (18 hours each) of non-stop retail exploration, photo shoots and distribution meetings. Tokyo never fails with the amount of beautifully curated stores it delivers. One of our favorite vintage shops (Pigsty) has two shops in Osaka and one in Harajuku, Tokyo. We were fortunate enough to visit all three of them, one after a full & exhausting day of meetings and seminars- we won’t stop.


A Selected Few: Jetro Osaka, Jetro NYc, Jetro Tokyo and the design team. USA: Alexander Wang, UK:Ozwald Boateng, USA: CFDA Awars nominee Antonio Azzuolo, Italy: Carta e Costura, Italy Fontana Couture and yours truly representing BK to the fullest : The Bearded Man & The Brooklyn Circus.


What a wonderful group of people. We were fortunate enough to be assigned a personal translator in Osaka & in Yamagata, two separate people. We’ve traveled and navigated through Japan in the past with all the Japanese we learned on our Berlitz language software, lots of sign/hand motions and of course the help of our trusted BKc Japan resident, DJ Kohey. This time the experience was quite different as we navigated the country side with a translator assigned to translate everything, I mean everything.


Furniture spilling out of what can possibly be one of the biggest vintage gems in Nakameguro,Tokyo a shop called Jantiques. They have a secret back room with some amazing men’s vintage for serious buyers only, but you have to know to ask for admission into the room.


The only sign that one of our favorite vintage stores exists on the 3rd floor of a random building in Osaka. We spent about an hour trying to find it. BKc hats off to Helen and Antonio for patiently joining a determined Bearded Man who would not stop until he reached his intended goal of finding the store Pigsty.


American mattresses have the technology, while Japanese mattresses have the beautiful fabrics. The pink vintage quilted fabric was inspirational, would love to see a summer shirt out of that.


The Bearded Man inspects fabric on automatic looms in a factory in Yonezawa, Japan.

The Bearded Man at a meeting in Yonezawa,Yamagata Japan, trying on a very traditional and expensive winter Kimono, average retail price $5-$7,000. The fabrics alone range from $60- high hundreds per yard. Yonezawa has been famous for hundreds of years for supplying Japan with 90% of all the silk fabric used in traditional Japanese Kimonos.


The Bearded Man not much of a drinker, could not say no to countless offers of fresh Saki from The Mayor of Yamagata, Japan.


Not certain if jay walking tickets are issued in Japan, but it is always pretty impressive to see a large crowd standing on both sides of the streets waiting for the light to change. Notice how there are no cars preventing them from crossing, now that’s discipline.