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Harlem Eats, Brooklyn Eats

The great thing about travelling to a place over and over is that you really get to know some great places to eat after awhile. If you like food as much as I do and you find yourself travelling to New York in the near future, check out these four spots. You won’t regret it.

Roberta’s (Bushwick, Brookyln)

Keep your eyes peeled for this tagged-up metal door. It’s easy to miss for sure. This place is a pizzeria/radio station. Great spot for lunch with a few people as most of their dishes are sharing plates. Make sure to order a pizza and sit on the patio if you want to check out the radio station.

Five Leaves (Brookyln)

Apparently Heath Ledger’s restaurant. I guess the story goes that before the actor died he had plans to open this restaurant in his Brooklyn neighbourhood. I’m glad they still went ahead with the plans after his passing because this place is seriously good…and healthy! I went here for breakfast with my brother before our daily meetings. But I’m willing to bet lunch and dinner are equally good. Mostly organic/vegetarian/vegan type fare. Usually those types of places SUCK, but not this one. Give it a try

Red Rooster (Harlem)

To be honest, this was the first time I’ve even ventured into Harlem. And I’m sure glad I did, because Red Rooster is not to be missed. You could describe it as a fancy southern American throwback restaurant. Think vintage prohibition-era dining and decor. Make sure to order yourself a cocktail; they’re some of the best I’ve had. And I’m into cocktails.

Freeman’s (Lower East Side, New York)

Ok, so technically this one isn’t in Harlem or Brooklyn but you should still check it out. Located in Freeman’s Alley in the Lower East Side, Freemans consists of a “Sporting” goods store, barbershop, and a restaurant. Kind of a rustic, outdoorsey vibe to the whole place. They are known for serving unique game meat and simple dishes. The food is great and not at all fancy or pretentious. And the atmosphere is worth the trip alone.

Hope you guys enjoy these spots as much as I did. God dayum, just looking at these photos makes me want to go back to New York and eat again.

I’m off to Tokyo next week for another round of exhibitions and will report back with some Tokyo eats in a bit. Until then.

-Dan

 

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Buyer’s Log: New York SS14 buying continued…

Dan showed a few images from the first leg of our NYC Spring buying trip. Here’s some more highlights…

It was hot as balls in NYC… pounding the pavement with Nguyen and Dan was exhausting…apparently nonnative cropped pants are so “IN” this season…

Dan showed a photo from the Engineered Garments runway show that we attended, the next day we hit up their showroom to check out the full line in person.

I think this was when Todd and Angelo got talking about Canada….

A glimpse at part of our SS14 selection

We had some free time to pop over to Nepenthes next door to check out some gear…stores back to normal after the runway show from the day earlier.

Next meeting with our boy John Shimizaki at Battery….John trying to convince us on some crazy new shit…

New fabrics for POST O’ALLS are looking amazing!

Dan and Takeshi enjoying beers and discussing Panasonic Lumix cameras…

Next up is Kapital out of Okayama, Japan. Kapital is on some next level Post Apocalyptic Mad Maxx Boros type tip…and its awesome! Check out the screen wrist visor on this distressed Kountry Limited Shirt. It’s super rare with only 20 pieces made worldwide…and we’re getting some for the shops!…..Also, check out the dope worn in Henderscheme Eras dudes rocking in the background..

Here’s another Kapital highlight….Deerskin Bandanna with Silver Concho…crazy, huh?!

Up next is the Stone Island showroom…..decisions, decisions…

GHOST!

Ten C continues to kill it, here’s a first look at next seasons Printed Herringbone Parachute Jacket. If you don’t got a Ten C jacket, get one! Btw New Fall will be landing asap, so stay tuned…

Briefing Bags will be arriving at HAVEN really soon, here’s one of my favourite new bags for Spring….A great alternative if you don’t have the cash to fork out for an Acronym 3rd Arm but just as dope..

Next up is another Nepenthes favourite of mine, Needles….Here’s a look at one of their amazing leopard print western shirts that we’ll have for spring.

I like to call this piece ‘The Bruce Lee’

Lastly we finished up with the new Common Projects Spring 14 collection….they have some AF1 inspired silhouettes with gum soles next season that look really strong

That’s all for now.

- Arthur

 

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Buyer’s Log: Men’s Week in New York | SS14 Buying

Last month, the HAVEN team made it’s way over to New York for a round of SS14 buying. It was a short, whirlwind trip of showrooms, exhibitions, and meetings during the day and plenty of good eats and drinks at night. Here’s some shots from my point and shoot.

Our first meeting was with Nin and Christa from Maiden Noir. We’ve been carrying the brand for years now and it’s always provided consistent quality season after season.

Reversible Camo Coaches jacket was one of our favourite pieces.

After Maiden Noir we hit up the Meatball Shop around the corner from the Thompson Hotel. If you like meatballs, I highly recommend.

“That’s one spicy meatball!,” says Nguyen.

Next up was the (capsule) show.

Ryan from Yuketen is going over some new SS14 models with us.

Chamula bracelets! Their bendable hand-woven horse hair bracelets make a nice accessory.

Reigning Champ teamed up with Everlast for a nice capsule collection next season. Time to hit the gym in style!

Engineered Garments held their first ever runway show at their Nepenthes shop in the Garment district. It’s one of the newer brands in our brandlist but has already become a staff and customer favourite.

DId you know that Levi’s did a collaboration with Jello back in the day? I sure didn’t. But it’s true!

The first ever denim suit produced. It was worn by Mr. Bing Crosby.

We had a bit of free time so we popped into the new Inventory shop to say hi.

Ryan and Simon. A couple of real nice guys.

Needles (and Rebuild by Needles) SS14. Needles is one of our newest brands. Look for our first delivery of FW13 coming in September.

Look who it is! We caught up with Tsubasa from Chup socks/Glen Clyde. It was his first time in New York!

wings + horns x Steven Alan Capsule collection launch party.

The boys are back in town! From left to right: Nguyen, Arthur and Nin

And lastly, here is a shot of Yankee Stadium!

There’s a ton more photos I could post but that’s probably enough for now.

-Dan

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Toronto Summers

This summer I was able to spend some time with the guys over at our Toronto storefront. It’s always a good time with the fellas out east. Here are some shots off of my Lumix GF2. Friends, Food, Drink, Clothes. What more could you ask for?

This bottle of KAWS Hennessey was waiting for me when I got there. Thanks for the hookup Tim!

Took a quick trip to the Arc’teryx showroom to view the new SS14 collection.

And of course we gotta make a few trips to Kingyo Toronto. If you haven’t tried this new Izakaya yet then shame on you!

JP (Jean Philippe) of Arc’teryx Veliance/WANT Agency is all smiles. He must of just got his Sapporo Biru.

Tim Le – Manager, HAVEN Toronto. By yours truly with some additional touches by Joanne Cheung. I wonder if any of our customers can recognize him from the shop?

Took a trip down to one of our leather suppliers for MAPLE. Sourcing some new material for our next production run. So many choices!

Racks and racks of leathers!

that’s it for now. New York SS14 buyer’s log photos coming soon!

-Dan

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NAKANO

While in Tokyo this last trip, I had a chance to visit my friend Mitsuru from Soph. He lives in an area of Tokyo called Nakano.  We had some lunch then hit up the Nakano ‘Broadway’.  Mitsuru describes this place as ‘Otaku’ land. For those unfamiliar, the word Otaku, literally translates to “Geek” or, “Fanboy”.  In general it refers to Japanese people who are simply obsessed with something, anything really….After walking through the 4 level Nakano Broadway building you get a good understanding of just how ‘Otaku’ some Tokyoites are over some of the most bizarre things….some shit was too weird, here’s some photos of the more normal stuff…

One of the best spots inside was this Watch Shop.  Apparently it has one of the best selections of Vintage timepieces in all of Tokyo. It also has some of the best prices, so this is where you should hit up if you are looking for a vintage Rolex!

Old School first generation Manga comic books……Check out the original Astro Boy comic books….I never knew he was called ‘Mighty Atom’ in Japan…

Check out the price tag on ‘The World of the Future: Nextworld’, that’s about 3G in Canadian dollars…

Another great find is the abundance of vintage magazine shops.  You can find all sorts of archived Japanese fashion magazines….Stacks on Stacks…

Popeye mag from 1979!

Muscle men! This one shop inside the mall sold only Muscle Men…..Mind Blown! I haven’t seen these things in a good 20-25 years, yet here in Tokyo there must be a market for it if an entire store can dedicate itself to it…

This shop specialized in vintage military memorobillia like Zippos, Watches, and …….Guns!

Airsoft guns that look the real deal…

There is also a small gallery space that Takahashi Murakami opened up to help promote young up and coming artists from Japan.

There was a small exhibition from some artist named Hidari Zingaro…

This one spot was selling used Beer Cans!

After spending a couple of hours in the mall, we stepped outside to witness this Lamborghini Countach at a stop light right in front of us….Un-Fucking-Real!!! This thing was mint condition and sounded like a beast…

Peace Mitsuru! Thanks for the tour…

- Arthur

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