As a buyer at large for Anthropologie, Keith Johnson’s travels are chronicled on the Sundance Channel’s “Man Shops Globe”. So far in the series, he has traveled to France, South Africa, Turkey, Holland, Belgium, India and the UK. The final two episodes will cover Tunisia and Argentina. Keith shops in these fantastic locations for one of a kind and inspirational pieces for the Anthropologie stores. He does everything with an amazing sense of style and is always accompanied by a “handler”, a person that speaks the native language that is tasked with finding unique product and is usually in charge of negotiating the price. From the first time I walked into Anthropologie several years ago, I have been intrigued and a bit confused by their product offering. They have a unique mix of clothing, home furnishings, home accessories , beauty products and books that seems like it would be hard to do on the retail chain scale. Along with Keith, Anthropologie must employ some exceptionally visionary people. They are known for their unique window displays, which are many times created with recycled and uniquely reused items. A few of them are shown below.
Anthropologie has created a special collection of products, that is part retro, part current, part rustic, part modern, some found-one of a kind and some mass produced items. It is for the consumer that wants a vintage look, but doesn’t want to stalk the goodwill, salvation army and flea markets to find unique pieces. Here are some photos I took of inspiring items a few weeks ago when I was in the store.
Finally, here is my wish list from the Anthropologie website. Hard to tell if these items are inspired by Keith’s finds, but they are cool none-the-less.
PS- Keith, call me next time you need a traveling partner. I am not sure what I could add, but I am pretty good at carrying luggage.
PPS- Keith, can I at least come to your Christmas party (His show is sponsored by Stella Artois and Ferrero, what better party snacks than beer and chocolate?!)