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    David Mullen is waiting on me. I slide into the anonymous storefront adjacent to A Salt & Battery on Greenwich Avenue. He’s oxidizing some sheet metal detailing above the doorway by hand. This is how he does things. He loves details...loves working with his hands. In between a soft spoken discourse on the philosophy of fit and the misappropriated media coverage of the injustices unfolding in Darfur, I realize he’s from another generation—a generation that can literally talk shop and life until the sun sets if you hang around long enough. But David is a product guy (“This is what I’m supposed to be doing,” he riffs unpretentiously), so we get back to the pants.

    Pull on a pair of his signature khakis and it’s apparent; Save is a product-driven outfit. I could go on about details like the Hollywood waist band and the interior micro-sanding, but all you need to know is it’s the best chino I’ve ever worn. It fits and moves so well; not skinny but slim. His product is a direct reflection of himself—wrinkled, well worn, detail oriented. It’s an exceptional rendition of the beloved prep essential.

    David Mullen outside of his Greenwich Avenue store

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Save Khaki began three years ago on the notion of creating great fitting khakis (and surrounding it with all the product that compliments it) in a world where everyone’s wearing denim. Since Save Khaki’s nomination as “Best New Menswear Designer in America” earlier this year by the CFDA, they’ve opened up three stores on Broome Street, Greenwich Avenue, and Lafayette Street. On the horizon is a collaboration with Pointer brand and the launch of Save Khaki United, a sub-brand by Save Khaki offering only goods made domestically. “Everything is still within our vision of updated classics that are naive to trend; chambray shirts, wool coats, knit sweaters, some selvedge chinos and even a line of denim (no prejudice here).”

    *A week before Thanksgiving my apartment building caught fire and I lost a good bit of personal belongings. David sent over a care package of khakis, a couple sport shirts, tees, and a tote bag that arrived at a time when I had hardly any clothes to wear. This is the kind of man David is. This is the man behind the khakis.

    Dec 22, 2009 | Permalink (13) Total Comments

    mel left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 9:41 PM:

    Where can I find that hanging map?

    jeff left a comment on 7/22/2010 at 9:04 PM:

    where do i apply?

    marcus left a comment on 5/20/2010 at 1:16 PM:

    Great stuff!

    KyleBarnes left a comment on 1/7/2010 at 11:24 AM:

    stellar post. perfectly depicted and gorgeous photos definitely makes me want to stop by the next time I’m in the city. Until then, thanks for the preview.

    Kate Noelle left a comment on 12/28/2009 at 1:50 PM:

    This blog post was probably the best yet… your words were so eloquently put and perfectly accented the awesome antiquity of the shop. I loved it. Way to go. And I’m happy to hear you’re experiencing the wonders of God’s unmatched provision…. may you continue to see miracles. :)

    CLD left a comment on 12/23/2009 at 3:47 PM:

    Absolutely beautiful.  The piece is great!

    The Boss left a comment on 12/23/2009 at 12:22 PM:

    I really like David’s whole ensemble in this photo. And, that is rather unfortunate regarding your predicament.  I’m sure David’s hospitality put a smile on your face, though.

    Theo Martins left a comment on 12/23/2009 at 12:18 PM:

    Brought me out of the wood works, great stuff.

    theandydunn left a comment on 12/23/2009 at 4:47 AM:

    Hey Fred.  Great post, I’m wondering where I might get a pair of these in the UK?  Will have to e-mail david.

    H. left a comment on 12/22/2009 at 9:40 PM:

    that place looks amazing.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/22/2009 at 7:38 PM:

    @Pittboss12—I shoot Canon cameras (5D) and lenses (L series).

    pitboss12 left a comment on 12/22/2009 at 7:19 PM:

    I don’t always agree with the content of your posts but this one was nice.  One thing I can’t deny is that you have an eye for great images. What kind of photo equipment do you use?

    Kym left a comment on 12/22/2009 at 6:41 PM:

    Gorgeous. All. Bravo.