Whether it's his clothes or the stuff that fills his apartment, streetwear mogul Brendon Babenzien is governed by two beliefs: the power of keeping it real and the influence of the ocean. For the first installment of an ongoing series, Babenzien shows us the things that make his Brooklyn apartment feel like home.
You may not know Brendon Babenzien by name, but you almost definitely know his work. The former creative director of Supreme helped to birth a brand so successful that near-riots have broken out in front of its New York store during new-product releases. Now, Babenzien just opened his very own store, which had fans queuing up in anticipation. Borrowing heavily from the surf and skate culture that the Long Island native holds dear, Noah is like Supreme's older, vaguely European half brother. Think double-pleated trousers, crayon-color caps, and corduroy running shorts. "We're trying to get people to live," says Babenzien. "We don't want it to be this aspirational thing where you're focused on who has the best vacation or the best house. Just go do you—whatever that is."
We stopped by the nautical-inspired downtown Brooklyn pad that Babenzien shares with his wife, experiential designer Estelle Frances, and their baby daughter, Sailor, where he let us in on a few of the things that make their place feel like home.
"I love going to the water. I love the beach. I love the sound of seagulls and waves. Even on the days when the surf isn't that good, it still feels better to be there than to be at home. This is just a simple remembrance of growing up by the water. If it were up to me, I'd have nothing but a house full of nautical tchotchkes. Those things are in my psychology—they make me feel comfortable.