Usually when yet another fashion person decides to take their shit show to television, we groan, roll our eyes, feel sincere shock, but then set our TiVo anyway. But yesterday, we read that Keith Johnson, Anthropologie's antiques buyer, will be getting his own show, and we weren't disgusted. To begin with, it's on the Sundance Channel, home to Iconoclasts, so how bad could it be? Secondly, the working title is Man Shops Globe - best job description possible - which entails cameras following Keith as he "scours the flea markets in Paris to remote villages in countries such as India" looking for the next great find. In other words, you follow him doing his job, while he travels the world, so it'll be like Spain, On the Road Again, but with all the cute, kitschy stuff you wish you were willing to buy in the home section in the back of Anthropologie stores. And no Gwyneth. But maybe secret flea finds in New York?
Anthropologie Welcomes Customers to Its Headquarters for the First Time Ever, Greets Them With Anna Sui's Smiling Face
I headed down to Philadelphia last night to spend some time with Anthropolgie co-presidents Wendy Wurtzburger and Wendy McDevitt, the retailer's art and antiques buyer Keith Johnson, as well as designer extraordinaire Anna Sui. The occasion? A special screening of Man Shops Globe, Johnson's reality television show on the Sundance Channel. The series, in its second season, documents Johnson's travels around the world as he shops for the most incredible antiques and artwork for Anthropologie's stores. (He told me his most amazing find over the years was the interior of a music store in Germany. The company shipped the interior over the Atlantic and it's been in storage for about ten years. It's now being made into a room at Anthropologie's Fashion Island outpost. It'll be ready at some point in 2010.) This particular episode stars Anna Sui, who traveled with Keith to Syria.