In the run-up to Father's Day, menswear designer Todd Snyder will be stopping by Unionmade at the Grove shopping center tomorrow to showcase both his namesake label and his more recent collaborative effort with Champion.
While we don't have the bandwidth to mention every upcoming designer public appearance, Snyder's Grove pop-in is worth mentioning for a couple of reasons.
First, he's one of the of-the-moment American menswear designers, and we've had him on our radar for a few years now. The former SVP of menswear at J. Crew who launched his eponymous label for fall 2011, he was one of GQ magazine's 2012 best new menswear designers in America picks. That same year, Snyder was nominated for the CFDA's Swarovski Award for menswear. The following year he was selected as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist.
His label, which melds inspiration from London's Savile Row tailoring, military garb and American heritage, is worth checking out up close — and the amiable Snyder is always happy to share his collection inspiration (at least he is with us), so fans of the brand might want to make time for some face time on Friday.
Second, Unionmade is a men's store worth checking out on its own in advance of Father's Day. Since we were slogging through New York Fashion Week when the store opened its doors in February of this year, we never got a chance to give it its proper due.
A local offshoot of a 5-year-old San Francisco-based boutique (which also opened an outpost at the Brentwood Country Mart in 2011), Unionmade stocks many of our favorite, nostalgia-inducing menswear apparel, accessories and grooming brands including (but far from limited to) M.Nii, Red Wing, Filson, Baxter of California, Shinola and Alexander Olch.
While it may or may not be a one-stop solution for every Father's Day gifting conundrum, it is definitely worth taking the time to find at the Grove.
That's actually no easy feat, since the store is down a side alley and not on the Grove's main shopping thoroughfare. It's located around the corner from Barneys New York and across Farmers Market Place from Umami Burger.