"There was a continuation in terms of the clothes. It wasn't a 180-degree turn like some designers do each season. Why is it important to you to develop in that way?
I'm not trying to particularly give a design opinion. I have friends who are designers who are so amazingly prolific that if I was even to try to step into that territory, I'd be completely crushed. But there's something about the way clothes fit and feel and the emotion that they give you and the details of them that I've been passionate about and addicted to since I was five years old. And now it's just taking a vintage sample from Bob Melet [owner of Melet Mercantile, a vintage-fashion resource] and wondering who was the genius behind this track jacket from 1975?"
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- KANYE WEST ON HIS YEEZY SECOND SEASON, VANITY FAIR 2015
"Melet Mercantile...is a repository of dreams. Its incomparable collection of vintage clothing, rare furniture and cultural arcana is an inspiration for designer everywhere."
- SATURDAYS MAGAZINE, ISSUE #001
"I visit [Melet Mercantile] every time I am in New York. It's great for research and inspiration."
- RENZO ROSSO, Founder DIESEL
"Melet Mercantile, a stunningly curated and staggeringly displayed, well, bazaar is the only word for it."
- KAREN ELSON VOGUE MAGAZINE, May 2009
"Favorite places to shop: Melet Mercantile"
-VITO SCHNABEL, VANITY FAIR SePtember 2012
"Local Favorite : Bob Melet's home goods store in Montauk is full of hidden home decor buys."
- SEAN MACPHERSON, HAMPTONS MAGAZINE 2012
"Mr. Powers and Ms. Rowley returned to the car and drove on, stopping at Melet Mercantile a vintage goods store on industrial road where Julian Schnabel, the artist, was shopping for shirts."
- BILL POWERS AND CYNTHIA ROWLEY, THE NEW YORK TIMES, AUGUST 2011
"Melet Mercantile is full of Mountain Climbing gear, beautiful blankets, and rare books. It's like stepping into the perfect apartment."
- BRUCE WEBER, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2010
"I have recently been to Paris, South Africa and out to Montauk to visit my friend Bob. He owns a store called Melet Mercantile. I feel like a kid on a field trip, just seeing all of these new things."
- YASUTO KAMOSHITA on his inspiration, BARNEYS WINDOW OCTOBER 2012
"This is a guy who formerly worked for Ralph Lauren finding vintage inspiration from around the world. Then he set up his own shop. He has one in Montauk in a garage by the airport and one in New York on the second floor of a building on Wooster Street. He has everything from Amish clothing to vintage Oxford shirts and Mother Karen jackets and Hawaiian jams. It's such an interesting mix that I don't think you'll see anywhere else in America. He has such a great eye and doesn't care if something has what other people see as imperfections. Then he'll do shows with like Julian Schnabel where he finds a piece and Julian will paint on it."
-ANDY SPADE, T MAGAZINE, JUY 2014
"The occasion was his (Robert Melet's) 18th annual July 4 Epic Yard Sale, a certifiable red-letter day on the calendar of Montauk insiders like Ms. Rowley and her husband, the art dealer Bill Powers; the designer Jill Stuart; the photographer Bruce Weber; the painter Julian Schnabel;the Polo Ralph Lauren executive David Lauren and his wife, Lauren Bush; and just about anyone else from that segment of the seasonal population that you could not frog-march into the Surf Lodge even at gunpoint."
-GUY TREBAY,THE NEW YORK TIMES, JULY 2014
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