Talk to Me, Goose

  • Jun 27, 2014

Inside Hook sat down and chatted with owner, David Alperin about our new personal shopping experience. Because being stylish often means stocking one's bureau with under-the-radar brands and no one curates better than Goose Barnacle.Problem is, most shops carrying said brands tend to be, shall we say, a tad aloof. Intimidating. Churlish, even. Not so here: Goose Barnacle, a menswear oasis of hard-to-find gear run by a thoroughly affable gent happy to steer you through unfamiliar sartorial waters. Owner David Alperin is NYC born-and-bred and spent many years traveling abroad, keeping his eyes on menswear trends near and far.As such, he’s become a bit of an expert on cool — both foreign and domestic.

This means he knows that a tailored crewneck sweatshirt from NYC’s Dana Lee pairs well with limited-edition Italian leather sneakers. That GB’s signature photo tee works great with just-enough-stretch Swedish denim. That Illesteva shades look nice on a desk, but nicer next to a Pat Kim wooden rocket.

And getting your learn on from Alperin is as chill as it is useful — he’ll get to know not just your sizes and prefs, but what you already own and how to build on it. He’ll make recommendations on new brands. Hell, give him a proper heads-up and he’ll even open the shop early if you need it.Churlish? Certainly not.