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As a creative partnership, the Australian Richard Christiansen and Canadian Anthony Keegan – hence the Commonwealth tag though both are now committed New Yorkers – pack an impressive collective CV. Keegan has designed for Versace, Armani and Donna Karan whilst Christiansen heads Chandelier Creative, a full service agency that has worked on advertising, branding and packaging for the likes of the Gap and W Hotels.
Launched for spring/summer ’09, Commonwealth Utilities is their take on day-to-night, office-to-speakeasy tailoring. The range is already stocked by the likes of Fred Segal and Saks 5th Avenue and, unsurprisingly, its website is a lesson in smart contemporary salesmanship. In fact so sound is the pair’s take on the very best things in life, they provided us with their list of the best things to do in NYC. From a wet shave in the morning to a place ‘to strip’ after dark, via an oyster omelette and a fixed-wheel cycle, so comprehensively cool was their list it was too good to keep to ourselves, we’ve created an extra New York territory based on their suggestions.
Amangiri resort, Utah
Best Made Axes
Blackman Cruz store, LA
Commonwealth Utilities S/S 09 collection
BlackWhite House in Bethesda, Maryland by David Jameson Architects
Methow Cabin, by Eggleston Farkas Architects, Seattle
Hotel Erwin, Venice Beach, California
Illustration from the Monkey Bar by Barry Blitt, New York
Read the article: Monkey Bar, NYC
Interior of the Monkey Bar
Illustration for the Monkey Bar by Paul Cox
My Best Fred, NYC
Neal Creek, Hood River by Paul Mckean, Oregon
Beaker & Flask, Portland
Naomi from Beast, Portland
Laurelhurst Market, Portland
Bunks famous sandwiches, Portland
Le Pigeon, Portland
Viridian Farms, Portland
Installation by Johanna Grawunder in Robert at MAD, NYC
Speakeasy - Rye NYC
Speakeasy - Clover Club, NYC
Speakeasy - The Violet Hour, Chicago
Speakeasy - The Varnish, LA
Speakeasy - Bourbon & Branch, San Francisco
Diamond House, XTEN Architecture, LA
Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.
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