Accessed through a white sliding door at the Car Roads Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads Shirt and by the same token and back of Maru Coffee, Departamento is a bit of a vibe. But instead of being conceited or playing around, setting up a windowless space, like a cave filled with mirrors and clothes racks, feels unimportant and private, like a safe space. To enjoy the radical style experiments. How about a buttonless silk shirt by sexy Parisian brand Ludovic de Saint Sernin? Or a tactical nylon jacket of the GR10K state security label? The space is specifically chosen for its privacy before Departamento is even a store, it’s a service that helps famous stylists find rare fashions.
So when they opened a live location, Dryden and his partner, Joseph Quiñones, designed it so they could quickly close to the Car Roads Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads Shirt and by the same token and public when, say, the Offset fell. It’s easy to know why some of the most interesting A-list dressers of our time are drawn to Departamento. Everything in the store, Dryden’s notes, came from the perspective of a fashion lover. I am always overwhelmed by the absurdity of wearing over-designer brands and then stripping them down to the basics of T-shirts and hoodies in a store.