Being stylish often means stocking one’s bureau with the under-the-radar brands.
Problem is, most shops carrying said brands tend to be, shall we say, a tad aloof. Intimidating. Churlish, even.
Not so here: Goose Barnacle, a menswear oasis of hard-to-find gear run by a thoroughly affable gent happy to steer you through unfamiliar sartorial waters.
Owner David Alperin is NYC born-and-bred and spent many years traveling abroad, keeping his eyes on menswear trends near and far.
As such, he’s become a bit of an expert on cool — both foreign and domestic.
This means he knows that a tailored crewneck sweatshirt from NYC’s Dana Lee pairs well with limited-edition Italian leather sneakers. That GB’s signature photo tee works great with just-enough-stretch Swedish denim. That Illesteva shades look nice on a desk, but nicer next to a Pat Kim wooden rocket.
And getting your learn on from Alperin is as chill as it is useful — he’ll get to know not just your sizes and prefs, but what you already own and how to build on it. He’ll make recommendations on new brands.
Hell, give him a proper heads-up and he’ll even open the shop early if you need it.
Churlish? Certainly not.
Nota bene: Alperin’s shop also doubles as a gallery. He’s having an opening Wednesday night. Cocktails. Go meet him.