Theres something welcoming and warm about San Francisco, that city by the bay, in general. And while we had a ball cruising some of the shops during a recent holiday there, we felt a great kinship with Stephen Chen and Otto Zoell at newcomer Maas & Stacks on Market Street in the Castro. Maybe it was the great brands (hard-to-find, coveted all stars like Band, Patrick Ervell, Margiela, Common Projects, Norse Projects and Our Legacy), the minimalist interior with subtle, homey-organic touches, or maybe just that the pioneering duo was chilling that afternoon in the store, ready and willing to chat about indie style mags, the smell of Japanese kitchens or the joys of a good pen. For whatever reason, were glad for good people like them opening awesome stores, bringing superior product to the peeps. Onward and upward!
A few words with Stephen:
What brands are you most excited about seeing for Fall/Winter 2012-13? and why? We are excited to see all the brands we stock as we feel it is among the most innovative in the market today. If we had to narrow it to a few, we would have to say White Mountaineering, N. Hoolywood, Patrik Ervell, and Robert Geller.
Which trends or key items do you predict well be seeing a lot of for Fall/Winter 2012-13? More patterns. More rich and subdued colors.
Are there any trends youre secretly hoping will go away by next season? We just hope that people will think more for themselves and appreciate design in facets that are not necessarily trend driven.
Are there any new labels you think the public should be on the watch for? Master-piece from Japan is not necessarily new, but new to the US market. They make amazing bags and accessories that infuse streetwear with the idea of being outdoors.
What are the three best-selling items in your store right now? Wings + Horns Chinos, Common Projects Achilles, and Band of Outsiders Oxfords. Core staples that can fit into anybody's wardrobe.
With Spring/Summer right around the corner, what are 3 pieces you think every guy needs to have in his wardrobe? Leather sneakers, a nice mid-weight jacket, and well fitting chinos.
Tell us about your travel plans what cities will you be visiting on buying trips? What are your favorite restaurants/ bars / places to visit in those cities? New York and Tokyo. We are usually too busy to enjoy the finer things in these amazing cities, but definitely Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York and pretty much everything in Tokyo.