Published November 17, 2008
Plead the Smith
Vintage Motorbikes and the Gear to Match
There's a certain appeal these days to working your way down the corporate ladder. Either that or buying a
motorcycle and getting the hell out of Dodge.
Here to help you pull off the handsome-but-I'm-ready-to-work-with-my-hands-if-I-have-to look or sell
you a vintage motorcycle (or both) is Smith & Butler
, opening today in Brooklyn.
S&B seems to have figured out that women love a man in uniform; the airy wood-and-exposed-brick space is
stocked with sweaters, coveralls, flannels, bags and jackets from the brands that built America
(Filson, Pointer, Pendleton) and a few classic imports (Barbour, Belstaff, Saint James).
It's the perfect place to suit up like Cool Hand Luke or Brando in The Wild One before a long
weekend upstate—and they'll even help you get there. To go along with your Steve McQueen-approved
Belstaff jacket, S&B is selling a small collection of vintage motorbikes. Right now they've got a
classic Triumph, a Stella scooter and an old '70s beater from Suzuki.
There's plenty of other cool-guy knickknacks (Lomography cameras, photo books about vintage Harley fashion,
motorcycle trading cards) to keep you busy for a while, and there's even a women's section to keep her
distracted while you size up the workwear in the back.
Not that your new uniform won't be distraction enough.
Smith & Butler
225 Smith St
New York, NY 11231