For the New York skate scene — specifically Long Islanders — locals will be thrilled to hear that brick-and-mortar shop Poets is back, only this time as a clothing brand.
The skateshop was founded in 2002 by none other than skateboard legend Gino Iannucci. The store, located on 351 Westbury Ave. in Carle Place, NY, quickly found its audience of local skaters and Nike SB sneakerheads who didn’t have the mode of transport or means to travel into the city to shop at Supreme, Clientele, Blades and more but were still thirsty for a safe haven of all things skate. The store even had its own collaboration with Nike SB, producing an Obsidian-colored Blazer Hi nicknamed the “Lighthouse” for its graphic on the rear heel tab. After the store closed its doors in 2012, the Poets name now returns with the same ethos and testament to “quality, curation, and subtle inspiration,” according to the brand.
The first collection is now revealed, which according to Poets is “informed by heritage, travel, and analog culture” with a plethora of references to Long Island lifestyles like Sunday movie matinees and jet setting between domestic and global locales — both of which are sensory experiences for Gino. Poets adds: “The brand’s mission is to allow the pieces to tell a vivid story without forcing the narrative.”
Check out the images for the first drop above, paying tribute to both Rocky and S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. For more information, hit up the official Poets website.