Friday, October 30, 2009

The man shops globe

“Big is the enemy of cool.” Richard Hayne, an anthropology graduate, was referring to owning all the stores instead of going for franchising. But the three-story Anthropologie store opened this month on Regent street in London, with a gigantic whale made of wasted packaging, a fabric tree made from thousands of tea bags, and a vertical garden, is anything but a small venture outside of the U.S.

“I don’t want anything in the store or in my home that doesn’t have soul and a sense of history” with Keith Johnson, the man who shops globe and haggles like a local in flea markets, villages, and art studios, the anthropologie stores acquire one-of-a-kind pieces. Hopefully those stepping out of the store, enjoying one-of-a-kind aftertaste, would range as wide as the span of Glen Senk and Keith Johnson’s relationship—from teen age to the 50s. Maybe that's what Hayne really meant by "complete lifestyle".