Originally Posted by LA Guy
I am finding that a lot of my favorite shops, web or otherwise, are French. They just seem to buy with a lot more imagination and a lot less in your face intensity than shops from a lot of other countries. Scandinavian shops like Nitty Gritty seem to do a good job as well, but they don't incorporate real streetwear quite as well. The French stores (and I like Antic Boutik
more than most, and I do like Frenchtrotters as well) seem to be able to maintain a distinct identity while not committing so intensely to a specific genre (see Unionmade (heritage all day e'ery day), Fransboone (we are #mwnswear) and the late Atelier (goth ninja 24/7, 365.))
I feel the same way. I mean, I think so. French and taste do tend to go hand in. I guess I would probably go ahead and include a few Belgium places too. Tres Bien, Hunting&Collecting. You know, if you're talking streetwear. I think what I like about what you said was the imagination versus in your face part. There's not a lot of places in the US for that. Imagination, I mean. At least not that many come to mind. Okay, maybe a few. Places like Totokaelo, Frances May, and even Roden Gray have been completely awesome the last few times I've interacted with them. Which, now that I think about it may not have much to do with imagination, but they were pleasant nonetheless.