The Burkman Brothers showroom is in a good looking brick building built in the 1920s. Once inside, the manually operated elevator lifts you up and a brass gate releases you on to the top floor. A short buzz and one of the two smiling brothers will be swiftly opening the door to a tidy showroom space with dark wood floors and walls adorned with Indian inspired art. You should be immediately drawn to the colorful rack of fall clothes near the window. By this point the brothers (Doug and Ben) would be chatting with you, but your mind will already on the clothes. It won’t take you long to figure out, your reaction will be swift and decided. This line is good, really good.
In December my friend Michael Macko called me to tell me about the Burkman Brothers. “You are going to love this line.” he said. Have to hand it to Mr. Macko, he knows his stuff. The NYC based Canadian duo, who both worked at Gap, are getting some much deserved press recently in both Details and GQ. Not to mention their debut collection is carried in some of the best stores around the world. Not bad for two quiet unassuming guys with boat loads of passion. As they showed me the fall collection every detail had a story. Whether it is a prep school in India or a tribal print from Burma, the line has a connection to real things and people. Every garment was treated like a loved family member, with Doug and Ben taking turns proudly walking me through the fall 09 collection. The range mixes Colonial India with American sportswear in a way that just seems to work perfectly. It was a rare situation where I looked through the racks and literally wanted every item. If you think I’m over hyping it, I’m not. SS09 is hitting Barneys as we speak, go check it out. Don’t just take my word for it.
Pictured below Ben and Doug Burkman.
Looks from the AW09 collection.
Oxford lined flannels.