Last Thursday I visited Nepenthes New York for the first time for their gallery opening and reception for Ben Este’s Loose Boards exhibition. Even more impressive than their well-curated selection of menswear was the feeling of community that was fostered at the event. Friends, designers, staff and customers mixed and mingle with the night culminated on a poetry slam held right on the middle stairs.

The best brick and mortar shops I’ve been to around the world always go beyond selling clothes; they are able to be a meeting place for friends and like-minded individuals.

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