Last night we attended the Chicago launch of Sundance channel's new Man Shops Globe, a documentary-style show profiling Anthropolgie's buyer-at-large/world shopper, Keith Johnson, on his sojourns abroad. We took a few snapshots in the Chicago store, but the show really digs deep into Keith's finds and beautiful objects...After a lot of store roaming and visual, antique-y stimulation that one can expect from Anthropologie, all guests turned to the first episode of Man Shops Globe. Set in France, we watched Keith and his crew at flea markets searching for everything from creamers to chairs, lamenting an ongoing buyers' frustration: "It's beautiful, but expensive." Through a lot of bargaining, haggling, hoping and searching, Keith didn't find the BIG pieces he wanted at the Paris markets, so we then followed the quest on to Provence.
The behind-the-scenes glimpse at a buyer's life also showed various roles within the group, both in the planning and execution of the hunt. Everyone's got their eyes set on particular goals, and there's someone with a tape measure right alongside someone quickly evaluating whether or not an old piece is salvageable. Our favorite part was learning how Keith's early, quiet discovery of a painter (he bought one of her pieces in her mother's shop, then the commissions kept coming) allowed her career to really take off.
If you too saw the premiere episode, what did you think??
Images: Heather Blaha