Homme Design: The Urban Adventurer


THE URBAN ADVENTURER – Whether working in Dumbo, drinking in Nolita, shopping in Soho, or checking out the galleries uptown, this is the man that looks for an adventure.

The focus here is on heritage brands and rugged pieces.  Start with a pair of Levi’s 501s, Red Wing’s #875, with its awesome crepe sole, a Camo Bag from L.L. Bean, a pair of Ray Bans. Pair those with a  J.Crew/TIMEX re-edition of their classic military-inspired watch (It’s the American Heritage man’s anti-Rolex). Walking in the East Village the other day, I came across this new candle from Blind Barber – with notes of smoke, wood and leather, evocative of your old man’s aftershave with a little more street cred.

At home, the focus is on well worn comfort.  Floorboards can be painted, polished or scrubbed, but ideally they would be wooden. Windows are left undressed. The furniture is an eclectic mix of vintage-inspired finds–each piece has its own distinct personality. This is not about matching or complicated color palettes, it’s about trusting your instinct with pieces you feel are right.

Check out the sofa– it’s all about the patina.  It should look like a broken-in baseball mitt.  Art doesn’t have to be a traditional oil painting or photograph–add memorabilia for a change of pace.  This vintage bulls-eye is a great example of something that can be framed to decorate your wall. Scissor lamps strike the right industrial tone and have an iconic presence. This original is by Jieldè from 1926, but other versions can be found at Restoration Hardware and Jayson Home and Garden. A recent discovery is a pillow made of antique Japanese “Boro” textiles.  Their patched fabric reminds me of old American quilts.  Steamer trunks are classic and provide the perfect place to rest a beer, your feet, or provide a bit of storage. While this one is vintage, you could easily mimic the look of something like this at home.

With the Urban Adventurer, it’s all about the well worn mix.

Written by Jon Call of MR CALL DESIGNS.


1) The Catcher in the Rye, $6.99, Amazon 2) Camo Bag, $29, L.L. Bean 3) J. Crew TiMEX watch $150, J.Crew.com 4) Blind Barber candle, $32 BlindBarber.com 5) Levi’s 501, $64 levi.com 6) RB 2140 Original Wayfarer in light tortoise, $150 ray-ban.com 7) Red Wing 875 Boots, $220 Mr Porter


1) Jamie Young Celadon Plum Jar Lamp, $425 seagrasshome.com, 2) Framed archery flag, $550 1stdibs.com 3) Antique Japanese patched boro pillows $880, 1st dibs.com 4)Garment Factory Worker Basket,$875 1stdibs.com 5) Arne Vodder for Fritz Hansen Leather Sofa $4980, thegoodmod.com 6) Jielde Loft D9406 floor lamp, $1300, finnishdesignshop.com 7) Mattress ticking woven cotton rug, different sizes $30-$414, dashandalbert.com