Rothschild’s Brooklyn, An Historic Moment: While on the road, The Bearded Man got on the horn and made an usual call or should I say cry for us to finalize the details of the event he was planning before he left for his road trip. Cancellation was not an option. Details to an event? What event? Thought we cancelled the event, but it definitely wasn’t cancelled, not at all, the event was important and must happen. Gabe and Colin jumped on the case, finalized the details and just hours from his road trip, Ouigi was his jolly hosting self, welcoming the beautiful faces who were lucky enough to join to us this past Sunday.
What exactly were we celebrating? Black History month, the Oscars, All-Star Weekend, good relationships? Yep! All of the above. Little did we know we would also be celebrating the end of an era. The closing of one of our favorite restaurants on Atlantic Avenue, Rothschild’s. Wow! Our favorite gumbo spot with the staff from Cheers is officially closed. We are absolutely going to miss that place “where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came”. But like they say in New Orleans, which was a big influence on our favorite little restaurant, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” Let The Good Times Roll. The good times must go on as we search for a new venue to host our monthly social, but we want to send a special thank you and well wishes to everyone from Rothschild’s, we are certain that you will re-appear, stronger and better with our full support. BKc, Style + Character & The 100 Year Plan . . .
PF Flyers, The Bearded Man: We are pretty excited to announced the launch of the new PF Flyers campaign featuring our very own The Bearded Man, Ouigi! The campaign was directed and designed by Creative director Adam Larson who has an extensive portfolio of work ranging from his recent album packaging for Beyonce, N.E.R.D album, Samuel Adams ads, Absolut Vodka ads & Madona’s album packaging. It was photographed and filmed by Josh Goleman who also have a pretty extensive portfolio himself. Check out the film and full campaign on the PF Flyers Site. Special thanks to Vic, Adam, Josh, Kerry and everyone at New Balance & PF Flyers for believing in The Brooklyn Circus.
PF Flyers & The Bearded Man Speaks: While on the road we kept running into ads in magazines, online and what seems like everywhere we turned, even in the south of a piece I shot for PF Flyers, sporting a classic pair of PF Flyers Center Lo. About a year ago, we were approached by a kind fella who was impressed with our Project Trade show set up and felt like we would be great partners for the brand he worked for and should talk about the possibilities. I was a bit geeked, considering PF Flyers was one of my favorite sneaker brands. We exchanged cards, kept in touch for about a year, while we worked closely to build the relationship. A month or so ago, I got a call to see what my schedule was to immediately venture into our first step of this partnership. My only request to my agent was to “make this happen at any cost, I love this brand”. With the people aligned to work on this campaign, I had to be on the project. It was like making the All Star team, count me in.
Living in Brooklyn, we all grew up wearing sneakers at least 6 days a week. Shoes were only worn to church and special events you were forced to attend. Many of these sneakers bring back memories of trips to Albee Square mall or Kings Plaza, in search of the next best pair to show up to school in. But as we got older, traveled a bit more on our feet, we started to really understand the importance of a good pair of “Tennis Shoes”, like the country folks would call it. Quality, Style, Comfort and Longevity became the basis of how I purchased my next pair. We are huge fans of the brand and are glad that the feelings are mutual. BKc Style + Character & The 100 Year Plan.
Inspiration, BKc finds & Road Trip: So we set out to be inspired, spend some time with family while on the road, see new things & meet the locals. The first stop was Los Angeles California to stop in on a trade show appropriately named “Inspiration”. Won’t try to put into words what the “Inspiration” show is about, but it was started years ago by vintage king Rin Tanaka, google it. But if you are looking for some inspiration of the vintage clothing kind, this show is a must. It is not for the weak at heart, this is where many of the hardcore vintage guys gather to talk all things old, drink beer and share stories about past & future projects. Rin & his staff are always smart enough to plan the show to align with the Rose Bowl flea market and the Vegas show. When researching the trip, that attention to detail made us smile, how nice of them. Of course after two days of “Inspiration”, we headed off to the Rosebowl not only for a great source of inspiration, but for some good ol’vintage rummaging.
This trip took us from New York City to |Hollywood,California||Long Beach,California| Pasadena,California| Las Vegas,Nevada| San Francisco,California| La Place,Louisiana| New Orleans,Louisiana| Garyville, Louisiana | Edgar,Louisiana| & next stop Chicago,Illinois. We are kind of upset that we booked a three way ticket from New Orleans to Chicago to NYc, because the road is still calling us. But we have several things to catch up on in New York and do plan to get back on the road very soon. In the mean time, while we prepare for our 7am flight in the morning, we’ll leave you with some snap shots. A complete review of the journey and how we were inspired to follow. The BKc, Style + character & The 100 Year Plan . . .
Japan BKc Store Alert, “Green Angle”: We’ve just added a new shop to the very special list of stores that carry The Brooklyn Circus/BKc worldwide. A few Years ago our friends over in Shibuya-Tokyo came to us for consultation on a new store concept. One that was a mesh between what we do in NYc and Japanese culture. After countless hours of talks (Translated of course) and lots of hours of NYc Vintage, Antique, private dealer and Flea Market sourcing, we are proud to announce the new project. Congratulations to the boys and wish them much success with the new shop. 3-27-4 Jingumae Shibuya Ku Tokyo 03-3478-9077
San Francisco, The Beautiful Struggle: Shortly after Vegas we arrived in San Francisco with very little time to plan a test shoot with some young faces and a young local SF photographer Josh Farria who only shoots film. This should be interesting we thought and it certainly was. The Bearded Man the planner he is, quickly went into research mode. He found out about the scheduled shoot the day we arrived in SF and a day before the scheduled shoot. A hundred questions and answers later, he had researched the photographers, researched the stylist, reviewed the faces and scouted some locations with Earl from the SF shop. Here are some previews of the shoot, they are actually behind the scene shots taken with our shop camera. Earl who is also a photographer in training served as our behind the scene camera. Come to think of it, most of the talent on set was in training, we should have called this series “Training Day” but “The Beautiful Struggle” worked out better. Stay tuned for the final shots. The BKc, Style + Character & The 100 Year Plan . . .