A day in the life of Gitman Vintage

A day in the life of Gitman Vintage
A day in the life of Gitman Vintage
A day in the life of Gitman Vintage
A day in the life of Gitman Vintage
A day in the life of Gitman Vintage
A day in the life of Gitman Vintage
A day in the life of Gitman Vintage

A day in the life of Gitman Vintage

With our Gitman Vintage Autumn/Winter stock carefully arranged in the shop we decided it was time to get in touch and find out a little more about their day to day activities. Here's a day in the life of Chris Olberding, head honcho at Gitman Vintage..... 2 September 2011 I arrive to the office at 8am. It's a short walk from my apartment, so there's no cab or subway involved. Just a morning stroll past MoMA, across Park Avenue to 54th and Lexington. Along the way, I stop and get egg whites, oj and coffee at my usual spot. - Park Avenue On any given day, at any given time, there are always emails to deal with; today's are from Tres Bien Shop "we need more shirts"; from Lane Crawford "where are our shirts?"; from Isetan "we'll take what's ready"; and from my favorite cryptic emailer, Monsieur McNairy, simply: "my girl shirts?". - 5th Avenue In addition to managing other flows, we're also in the midst of trying to get as much AW11 out of the warehouse as possible.  But few emails down and I discover that Joe, one of our main packers in the warehouse, broke his ankle last week and is out for 5 weeks.  I've been told we had a difficult time finding a sub, especially the Irene aftermath last week, but we'll be back on course this week. - The route to work An appointment arrives early... My assistant, Ryan shows them SS12. They like the tennis story, Grand Slambrays, and pick all including the matching tattersall.  Even though NY market has ended and we're gearing up for our Fashion Night Event at the Ace Hotel on Thursday, it's hard to imagine that we need to be moving onto AW12, even thought SS12 orders are still coming and AW11 reorders are still going out. - Museum of Modern Art Note to self: Fabric needs to be ordered for Projects that need to be set-up but not before the Models are created for a final Sample request which was submitted so we can get an Order to be entered because after all that is what drives the machine.  I schedule a rental car at Hertz for tomorrow -- I must get to the factory. I have lunch at Greenacre Park -- one of the most serene city parks ever created.  It's on east 51st, but once there the traffic noise fades, namely as its cancelled by the dramatic waterfall and zen-like brook leading up to you, you feel as though you may be in Kyoto.  It's a magical place, designed by Hideo Sasaki in 1971. - Greenacre Park. Post-lunch: work now always 3-fold: shipping AW11, selling SS12, and pulling together AW12.  Notes are already accumulating for SS13. - Gitman HQ A few magazines arrive with nice mentions of GV -- GQ, Details, Milk (China), 2nd (Japan) and FHM (UK -- with Ian!).  Still waiting to see the piece on Gitman Bros in Russian GQ.  Today is a good PR day. - Greenacre Park The rest of the day, I spend following up on some special projects (Journal Standard, Stussy Japan, Corso Como), followed by the continual tracking of delivery of fabric and the never ending updating of the web. - Click on the image below to see our full range of bespoke Gitman Vintage shirts and ties.   -