Kai D Utility

If there's anything that sums up my consumer life, it's this…

Buy less, but better. Buy less often, keep things longer.
— Kai D Utility's Philosophy

(with the exception of baked goods - buying less that is)

Kai Fan, owner and designer, Kai D Utility.

Kai Fan, owner and designer, Kai D Utility.

In January I met up with Kai Fan, former Creative Director at Nautica, at his new Williamsburg shop Kai D Utility. Walking in you think -- Heritage. Utilitarian. Slow fashion. Durable. Explorer. Modern artisan. Craftsmanship. Stylish manly man.

Fabrics are sourced from generations old mills and all production is in New York City's Garment District, handmade using non-automated machinery. Leftover materials are used to create his ties and notebooks to waste less. It's the antithesis to disposable H&M.

Inspiration wall at Kai D Utility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Inspiration wall at Kai D Utility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I love his shop and you will too! Check out more photos in the new BKNY MADE II section. I'll also be posting a few more images next week but on the blog only.