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From the Desk of… Esquire’s Nick Sullivan

Sep 24th, 2010 | Categories: From the Desk of... | by Michael Williams

From the Desk of… is a window into the world and workspace of some of ACL’s most stylish friends.

It has been more than a year since the last time installment of this series, one of ACL’s most popular. Up until two weeks ago I just wasn’t very inspired to ask anyone to participate. That was until I had a chat with Esquire Fashion Director Nick Sullivan during fashion week. Nick is an avid collector, eBay obsessive (like myself) and has such a great sense of style that he is the perfect fit for this series. Thankfully he was was willing to let me come by his office in the Hearst Tower and poke around for an hour or so and tell me all about all of the great things in his office. It is always a interesting experience to get a look into the creative environment of someone as cool and talented as Nick.

If you are a collector of obscure style books or Edwardian clothing, there is a good chance you are going head-to-head with Mr. Sullivan. The office houses more than a few examples of Nick’s eBay wins, plus a treasure trove of great other stuff and everything has a story. It’s no wonder Esquire (and the Big Black Book) looks as stylish as it does.

Comments: 31

31 Comments to “From the Desk of… Esquire’s Nick Sullivan”

  1. Andrea
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 1:51 AM

    It’s all absolutely wonderful, and if he ever has a yard sale, I’m there. But if that eentsy tweed jacket suddenly goes missing…well, I know *nothing* about it!

    Weirdly, I was looking at exactly the same postcard on the Tautz site earlier this week.

  2. HB
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 8:50 AM

    things that caught my eye, classic wooden boat photo, airplane models, watch with military band, a diverse collection.

  3. Taylor
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 8:58 AM

    Its really nice to know there are other people out there that collect stuff like that. Not that I really thought I was the only one, just kinda one of the only sane ones. It is an amazingly diverse and interesting collection too, sweet post.

  4. Jason W. Dean
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 9:32 AM

    I love the boxes labelled “Whatsits” and “Things.” I also think Myron Reducto would love that tiny jacket!

  5. TMH
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 10:16 AM

    Really love this post

  6. JW
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 10:39 AM

    Oof, goodbye, dreams. He’s got beautiful stuff and a great view, but these pics reminded me that even when you’ve got an awesome magazine job, you’re still stuck in a frickin’ office all day.

  7. ImpovedModified
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 10:49 AM

    Nice! I’ve missed these posts… Hope to see more of them

    (And I second JW’s cynical comment)

  8. lineage of influence
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 11:03 AM

    Fantastic post and a fantastic space too, I need a workspace like this.

  9. ESE
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 11:34 AM

    Like it all but the plastic cup…

  10. Read
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 12:07 PM

    Nice imperial nod.

    Who is that guy in the fez?

  11. MUvement
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 12:11 PM

    Fabulous work space. What caught my eye is the bright decor sculptures that adds elegance to the office! Loooove it!

  12. AdamFitz
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 12:22 PM

    I’d love to hear some of the stories behind these objects. Any way to add some descriptions along with the images?

  13. AdamFitz
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 12:24 PM

    Oh, and are those David Rees sharpened pencils? I hear those things are sharp as shit and artisanal as fuck. : )

  14. Michael
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 12:38 PM

    Amazing use of space, everything in its place. Absolutely perfect.

  15. Michael
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 1:14 PM

    I covet that Easter Island moai photo.

  16. nick sullivan
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 2:08 PM

    Glad i tidied the place up first. Thanks Michael !
    Some notes on a few objects for those who – like me – like a bit of provenance to their junk….

    Pencils: by Ferrari (no really)
    Black Pouch with VR badge is 1880s British officers (not sure of regt) chest belt pouch
    Wooden box is 20th Hussars cigarette box (1930s).
    Pewter Mug: I dug out of sea bed when snorkelling as a teenager in Dorset. Roughly 1750-1850
    Crest in frame: Gieves and Hawkes sample of hand embroidery done (on a t-shirt) by the two old ladies who still (untill recently) did all the bullion embroidery for Gieves and Hawkes military customers.
    Plastic Gorillaz figures and Smoking Joe Stalin bust from Kid Robot (NYC)
    Gold frogged military jacket and chest belt is circa 1890-1900 Royal Horse Artillery Lt’s tunic
    Bloke in Fez is Lord Kitchener (from “Celebrities of the Army” a large book full of manch such portraits and published just after the Boer War (c 1902)…four or five on ebay right now.
    Black Boars Head is a wooden match holder and striker from the Black Forest in Germany (i still dont know why i bought that)
    Mini Tweed Jacket is a pr gimmick from Harris Tweed Association (if i remember)
    Pocketwatch is circa 1900 by John Forrest still works, but i have mislaid the key.

  17. AdamFitz
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 5:04 PM

    Wow! Thanks Nick! That adds a whole new dimension to these images. Really appreciate you taking the time to put that info out there. The pewter cup is an amazing find.

  18. Small Town Boy
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 5:45 PM

    Nice ‘stache on Fez guy.

  19. Halberstram
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 6:03 PM

    Nick – have you seen Breaker Morant? re: Lord Kitchener.

  20. Ben Bowers
    on Sep 24th, 2010
    @ 7:50 PM

    Thought those looked like the Gorrillaz. Great stuff here and even cooler knowing it’s in the amazing Hearst building.

  21. Rollergirl
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 2:26 PM

    I assisted him once on a Gieves shoot. Nice guy (and v handsome).

  22. chad
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 6:47 PM

    Having spent the past 7 years of my life pushing Kidrobot forward in the world and being an avid ACL reader for the past few years, and an avid Esquire reader for much, much longer, it is very nice to see someone of such high regard mixing newer pieces of toy culture with such great vintage pieces. Super cool.

    PS. I always love these Desk posts. Truly insightful.

  23. steve
    on Sep 27th, 2010
    @ 11:03 AM

    Does anyone know the bracelet Nick is wearing on his left wrist, above his watch?

  24. nick sullivan
    on Sep 27th, 2010
    @ 11:40 AM

    Hi there its by a jeweller called Michael Andrew Saiger and the name MIANSAI is a corruption of his name. See link below.

  25. Michael Williams
    on Sep 27th, 2010
    @ 11:42 AM

    Thanks Nick. I think Mr. Saiger is going to move a few of those thanks to you. Great stuff. —MW

  26. michaelnine
    on Sep 30th, 2010
    @ 11:24 AM

    Nick: The photograph of the two gentlemen with the Easter Island Maoi statue pinned to your wall – may I ask where it’s from?

  27. nick sullivan
    on Sep 30th, 2010
    @ 1:10 PM

    Erm…i dont remember. Would you like a scan of it?

  28. michaelnine
    on Sep 30th, 2010
    @ 2:36 PM

    Nick: Yes and please. (And thank you!)

    If email is an option:

  29. HB
    on Oct 3rd, 2010
    @ 3:38 PM

    hey Nick, watch band…Maratac?

  30. nick sullivan
    on Oct 4th, 2010
    @ 1:42 PM

    Hi the actual Grey/Black stripe watch band is Nato G10 strap from West Coast Time

    The claret and navy Guards band (no watch) is Miansai as above.

    Best NS

  31. John S. McDaniel III
    on Oct 5th, 2010
    @ 11:44 AM

    Thanks for the info Nick, Great blog Michael. I always look forward to it. By the way,( not to make you jealous or anything) I’m heading to Africa with my buddy Audwin Oct 21. I’ll try to get you some pics.