Must-See Lower East Side
by Chris Wallace, 03/18/2014
Freeman's Sporting Club. Photo: Julienne Schaer
Dreamed up over drinks and a game of pool by a few outdoorsy types on the Lower East Side, Freemans Sporting Club helped pioneer the urban-woodsman renaissance in menswear when it opened in 2004. Freemans honcho Taavo Somer and friends' heavy flannels, luxurious sport shirts and handsome, tweedy suiting, tailored by the legendary Martin Greenfield in Brooklyn, conjure up the days of darts and duck hunts.
Commitment to quality goods handmade by local artisans fits snugly with this farm-to-table generation, and has gone on to pave the way for a new wave of clothiers. Epaulet, for instance, sells exquisitely tailored garments from their house label and many collaborations as well as staples from Alden, Vass and Gitman Vintage. And right across the street, Self Edge, generally regarded as the best denim shop in the City, carries a wide variety of the best, hard-to-find brands, from 3Sixteen to Mister Freedom and Sugar Cane.