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Jeff Halmos

It’s a busy week for the Seattle-based Nordstrom Men’s Shop team, as we find ourselves out in NYC amidst oppressive humidity and curious aromas to which we’re not accustomed. Of course, we’re having a blast nonetheless.

Follow us on Instagram—user name @NordstromMen—to catch daily updates as we spend the next several days crisscrossing New York City and catching up with some of our favorite menswear designers. First up was a visit to the rad Tribeca loft/office/showroom that serves as a second home to Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos.

Sam sketched his power animal for us (to anatomically correct precision—check the dorsal), while we did our best to ignore onlookers in their dapperly wallpapered water closet. And these are just the outtakes. For additional photos from our Shipley & Halmos visit—plus more to come as we continue to drop in on our favorite designers this week—follow @NordstromMen on Instagram.

 

Shipley & Halmos designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos offered us some NYC-native intel on where to eat and explore on your next trip to the Big Apple.

The brand’s vintage inspiration and thoroughly modern fit is always spot-on for city life, in NYC or elsewhere—but the sturdy cotton shirts, immaculately cut blazer in camel corduroy, and sleek, solid boots they crafted for Fall 2012 are especially ideal for braving concrete landscapes in the brisk conditions ahead.

Shop Shipley & Halmos—but first, take note of the guys’ six favorite spots in New York City.

 

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NEW YORKERS LOVE TO EAT AND SHOP
A Guide by Shipley & Halmos

“Of course we do more than just eating and shopping. We also drink a lot. Kidding (kinda)! But seriously, it seems that whenever anyone comes to visit us from out of town, that’s all they want to do. Everyone knows to check out the MoMA, Central Park, Times Square (God help you), etc. We’re just giving you what you all want—eat delicious food, burn calories (and holes in your pockets) while walking around shopping, then eat more!”
—Sam Shipley & Jeff Halmos

 

Eat: LUPE’S EAST LA KITCHEN
Lupe’s East LA Kitchen is one of our favorite lunch spots during the week. Very low-key atmosphere with very authentic Mexican food. And the people are friendly, which goes a long way in our book.” [110 Sixth Avenue at Watts Street]

 

Shop: THOMAS SIRES
“Sam’s girlfriend is the co-owner of a great shop in Nolita called Thomas Sires. They design their own women’s line and stock an assortment of incredible accessories and home items from around the world. Ideal spot to score a gift for that special lady in your life.” [243 Elizabeth Street]

 

Eat: MARLOW & SONS
“In Williamsburg (where Jeff lives), Marlow & Sons is the go-to restaurant and general hangout. Their market offers coffee, pastries, dry goods, and even some accessories. The small dining room is in the back half of the space. The menu changes frequently—two staples are the brick chicken and the salted caramel tart (addictive!) for dessert.” [81 Broadway, Williamsburg]

 

Shop: AMARCORD
Amarcord is, in our opinion, the best bet for vintage menswear in the city. It’s primarily European (Italian and French). Think Saint-Tropez 1965 instead of Seattle 1991. Clean it up, fellas!” [252 Lafayette Street, between Prince & Spring, SoHo]

 

Eat: THE EAR INN
“Sam’s a cheeseburger connoisseur. Like almost any cuisine you can think of, NYC foodies take great pride in their burgers. Although there are many top-notch options (from Shake Shack all the way up to Peter Luger), our favorite spot is the Ear Inn. The building (a house built in the early 1800s) is about as old school as it gets. On a nice day, take a stroll along the Hudson River up to the High Line after lunch.” [326 Spring Street, between Greenwich & Washington]

 

Shop: PRINTED MATTER
“You can browse the bookstore and gallery at Printed Matter for hours. All the titles are independently published, many directly by the artists themselves, and most you will not find anywhere else in the world. Each year, they host an Art Book Fair, too. Very inspiring store!” [195 Tenth Avenue]

 

 

[Main text and photos for Lupe's and Amarcord by Shipley & Halmos. Additional photo credits: Thomas Sires courtesy of thomassires.com. Marlow & Sons via here and here. Ear Inn courtesy of earinn.com. Printed Matter via.]