Some posters may remember the store (and label) "New Republic" that was on Spring Street in Soho between Mercer and Broadway. It closed around 1999 when it's owner and designer, Thom Oatman (IIRC), decided that Soho was becoming what it has become. It was moderately priced, designed in a classic American updated sense (think an American Paul Smith), and largely sold their own label. In the mid to late 90s, Alan Flusser had an article in Esquire that listed it as one of the 5 best men's stores in the United States, along with Louis of Boston, Stanley Korshak and, I think, Wilkes Bashford. There's a description of it in Flusser's "Style and the Man." It did some great pieces that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere in this country, like a Wildean reading cap that looked like a squat turban. Anyway, Oatman mentioned starting another label or store or perhaps moving out of NY. Does anyone know if anything became of that or him?
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8/26/03 at 1:02pm