8 Rivington St., New York, NY (@ Freemans Alley)
Taavo Somer has taken the same style and aesthetic that make his Freemans restaurant so unique and popular and translated it to his men’s store, Freemans Sporting Club. Located at the entrance to Freemans Alley, the store first catches the eye with the display of beautifully hand-tailored suits that lines the wall. Somer’s background in architecture is evident in the clean classic lines of the suits. Each one is a limited piece, made of vintage dead stock wool and available in slim, standard, and three-piece. Dark wood floors and mismatched lighting fixtures create an atmosphere that is both rustic and sophisticated. Venture to the back of the store for the full service barbershop, outfitted with enameled barber chairs, mosaic tile floors, and an old thin plank wood ceiling. Offering haircuts, straight razor shaves, and hard-to-find British styling products, this barber shop and men’s store is rife with Old World charm.