Here's a peek into the Greenpoint, Brooklyn workshop of my friend Ryan Matthew Cohn, silversmith, leather man, osteologist and taxidermy collector (he's the one who scored the five peacocks and the reason why two swans are flying in my living room). He bought that skeleton off a woman upstate. It belonged to her father, an Odd Fellow and Free Mason. She dismantled it and stuffed it into a duffel bag, which Ryan carried home, innocently, on the bus back to the city.
He learned Native American-style silversmithing from one of Ralph Lauren's first clients and later taught himself how to distress leather. He made all those belts and the bandolier bag hanging on the left, as well as the canvas and leather one above the vintage all-leather postal bag. He recently launched an accessory line - Ryan Matthew - which he'll be selling through Against Nature, a men's shop he's starting with his friends. The shop will also offer custom tailoring from Amber Doyle and Jake Meuser (under the Doyle Meuser label) and SPJ denim.
Set to open in early August on Chrystie between Rivington and Delancey.
(Friends and Fam - a new series offering a peek into the homes of my friends and family)