leisure 07.1.14

Best Made
Every Person in New York

Allow us a moment of nostalgia for a time in New York when New Yorkers knew exactly nothing about nature and the only time they might conceivably have use for an ax would be on a venomous neighbor with rent control.

Yet here we are in the 21st century where going artisanal and back-to-nature are the keys to many retail success stories. We understand how owner Peter Buchanan-Smith, being Canadian and all, came to love axes. What they're doing in Tribeca at Best Made, 36 White St. [Bway/Church] 646.478.7092, is a little harder to fathom.

Even so, those axes are, to our admittedly inexpert eyes, fine specimens and Best Made also sells knives (including Laguiole), bags, clothing and first-aid kits for those times you find yourself stranded in the north country above 220th Street. There are sweatshirts, a shearling wool vest, enamel steel plates, shoe oil, clay pipes, a book about knife throwing, and rucksacks. Target demographic? Paul Bunyan. Urbunyans.

Even more troubling than selling axes in Tribeca are the t-shirts and patches you can buy that read 'Be Optimistic'. For New York City, that may be carrying things too far.








Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.




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