In 1987, Sting recorded the song An Englishman in New York about his friend Quentin Crisp. The writer, actor and gay icon had recently left London for the Big Apple to forge his own unique path, despite being in his early 70s. As Sting explained in a 1988 interview: “The song's about being yourself, about never conforming", words that we’ve taken to heart as we gear up for our own trip across the pond.
We’re heading to New York for the first time this week for a series of pop-ups. Unlike Quentin, we have every intention of returning to London (our flights are booked and we've already checked in, thank you very much), but we’re hoping that in time we'll be able to launch a permanent outpost in the US. Think of this as our first date with Lady Liberty – and please do wish us luck.
On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February, Henry and the team will join our fellow Englishmen Turnbull & Asser at their townhouse store in Manhattan. A British brand through and through, the shirtmakers are known for their exceptional quality of service (they hold a royal warrant bestowed by Prince Charles) and are a rare success when it comes to British brands crossing the pond.
As Henry puts it: “Turnbull & Asser are a brand that we're very fond of and look up to, and they’ve been really supportive in letting us use some of their space.”
After we've packed up in Manhattan, Sir Plus will cross the river for a pop-up at Brooklyn Flea on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February. We’re told that the market is a melting pot of antique dealers, food vendors and exciting young clothing brands – much like our very own Portobello Road.
If you’re in New York you can visit us at the addresses below. We’ll be documenting our trip on Instagram, so be sure to follow us @sirplusclothing.
Turnbull & Asser, 50 East 57th Street, New York. Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd February, 10am-7pm.
Brooklyn Flea, Industrial City, 37th St, Brooklyn. Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February, 10am-5pm.