I first met Alex in the fall of 2008 after weeks of emails and calls to him asking if we could meet and discus a potential internship with his brand, Rogues Gallery. I had no design experience but I did have a strong interest in menswear, a connection with Rogue's aesthetic and a desire to learn. Most likely to stop the weekly calls and emails, Alex let me come down from Waterville a few days a week that fall and winter to help with odds and ends around the office. The seed was planted and based on my exposure at Rogues Gallery and getting to know people like Daniel Pepice, Jay Carroll and Aaron Levine, my life took a new path.
Alex and I have kept in close contact over the last three years. When he started at Bean in 2009, I interned and freelanced helping on various projects associated with the launch of LL Bean Signature. After leaving Maine and moving to New York, I would meet Alex for coffee when he was in town or I was up north.
Alex recently opened a gallery/antique shop called Foc'sle on Commercial Street in the East End in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Last weekend I drove up to Cape Cod for a photo shoot on a project I am working on for the Anthropologist. Stopping by one afternoon, I chatted with Alex for a few hours and poked around Foc'sle.
The shop combines the work of local artists, folk art and nautical-inspired antiques from around New England. Alex sources most of the antiques like this fish-tail hinged trunk from the 18th century, himself.
Paintings in the walkway.
Portraits of local residents by Mischa Richter.
Alex's trusty spaniel, Ranger.
Visiting Foc'sle reminded me why I decided to hound Alex to give me an internship my junior year of college. It captures New England. If you're ever in Cape Cod, Foc'sle is well worth a trip to Provincetown to see.