When you enter the space at 254 Broome Street in New York City, you can’t help but to feel the warm embrace of cotton, linen and wool. This stretch of Chinatown / Lower East Side is home to Save Khaki, a simple collection of clothing that could easily make up the backbone of any stylish guy’s wardrobe. The gent behind the label, Mr. David Mullen took some time out of his day to walk me through the store and chat about the goings on at the brand.
The Broome Street outpost is the third of Save Khaki’s stores (or 2.5 as they like to say), and is mainly a destination for what Mr. Mullen and the folks there call SKU, or Save Khaki United, a collection of goods that are sourced and manufactured domestically. The items are well-updated takes on some classic items — wool CPO shirt jackets, chambray shirts, knits and of course all sorts of khaki pants. The line also includes a really nice pair of jeans, the irony of which is not lost on the Save Khaki folks.
There are a lot of chambray shirts in the world and what really makes Save Khaki stand out is the attention to detail. “We spend a lot of time getting the product right” says Mullen who is originally from Pittsburgh. “We have been working on some things for three years now, trying to perfect them” At the end of the day, the fit and finish are what make Save Khaki special. Not to ignore the fact that the value for money (especially on the SKU range) is definitely there. Even I couldn’t make it out of the store without buying that CPO jacket. Next time you are in the LES, pop on by and see for yourself.
Oh, and one more thing. A little side project David Mullen is working on. More info coming soon, but I will say that it will be made in the same Pointer Brand factory in Bristol, Tennessee…
254 Broome Street (between Ludlow St & Orchard St) | (212) 614-7283