-Joe Pitts (@headtowall)
Photos by Jona Shreeves-Taylor of Black Noize Brand
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An antsy teen accompanied by his dad eagerly awaits at the register for his pair of long-sold out Jordans at the new Lapstone and Hammer premium sportswear and shoe store in Philadelphia. On June 6th the boutique located at 1106 Chestnut Street held its Jordan Restock Event and soft opening for the most dedicated of sneakerheads. Throngs of buyers waited outside the Market East location at 8AM to grab a pair of rare Jordans from the past four years of releases all available at retail price.
“Weren’t you here for our last raffle?” owner Brian Nadav asks the young kid waiting in line who answers with an affirming nod. The Lapstone and Hammer owner, son of City Blue founding partner Joseph Nadav, responds with a picture-perfect account of the customer’s last transaction, recalling the exact pair he bought.
I met Brian just a few days before the Jordan event at North Bowl in Northern Liberties with my designer friend Najeeb Shiekh, and every interaction I’ve seen from him with customers has been nothing short of completely enthusiastic and genuine. This quality has become rarer and rarer in the increasingly hyper-cool hypebeast worlds of retail sneaker, sportswear and street-influenced fashion. I don’t know what happened to the culture, but at some point the premium urban store environment at large started lending itself to an elitist atmosphere where employees are likely to treat their clientele base with a condescending attitude and a disinterest in helping them with quality customer service. But not at Lapstone and Hammer. All of the employees here are clearly trained in top quality service aimed at making their customers happy, a welcomed return to traditional customer relations.
And did I mention Lapstone’s interior design? It’s absolutely beautiful. Take a look for yourself:
For the Jordan Restock event, Brian was kind enough to invite us to an all access tour of the new store including a showcase of the location’s event space and loft area. For hours buyers filtered in one at a time to cop up on their pairs of choice. For the special event the store made available over 300 pairs of previously sold out Jordans included a few colorways of the very desirable Jordan XI highs and lows (the Gammas were my pick for the day- thanks guys).
Of particular note was the price-point L&H set these coveted sneakers at: retail. Though some of the styles had been out of production for over four years, the new staple Philadelphia sneaker destination asked for not a dollar more than what they were available upon release. Its qualities like this decision, the store’s excellent customer service, selection, and décor that make Lapstone and Hammer a must-visit boutique in Philadephia.
Visit their website at www.lapstoneandhammer.com for updates including information on their upcoming official grand opening event in July