What better way to celebrate summer than with cool drinks, great company and a few of our favorite things. That's exactly what we got with Burton & Levy's recent trunk show at Savvy Gents in Detroit's Eastern Market. We're always thrilled at the opportunity to share our work, and seeing in person how our pieces are received by friends old and new is icing on the cake.
We were excited to partner with Savvy Gents' Randal Jacobs for the summer trunk show. The shop's aesthetic is exactly what we strive for with Burton & Levy-- accessible but high quality goods emphasizing fine materials, and traditional designs with a deconstructed twist.
Our own Jason Burton said, "Savvy Gents and Burton & Levy both combine classic, comfortable materials with very of-the-moment forms. Our products fit right in."
Friday evening's Meet, Greet & Shop event featured Jason and the Burton & Levy line, along with drinks and music on Savvy Gent's gorgeous street-front patio, and a line-up of pampering services for visitors. Barber Josh Lalonde stayed busy with a steady stream of clients all night, styling facial hair from full beards, to stubble, to stylized mustaches. Local massage therapist Lavonn doled out his relaxing touch, and Savvy Gents' Randal and our own Jason Burton were on hand to demonstrate a variety of combs to help customers find the perfect fit for their facial hair.
"The event went effortlessly into the evening-- lots of stories, and lots of laughter," Jason said.
We love doing in-person events. One of the most fun aspects for the Burton & Levy team is having the opportunity to meet and learn about our creative and fascinating clientele. Jason made contacts with not only wonderful and enthusiastic customers, but also fellow designers and creatives who attended the weekend's events.
"I got to to do a little 'show and tell' with young designers, artists and photographers. It was fun to exchange interests and insights," he said.
Saturday is always a busy day at Savvy Gents, and Jason was excited to set up shop among the buzz of the regular weekend traffic. We were on hand throughout the day, demonstrating and matching Burton & Levy combs with excited visitors.
The Savvy Gents trunk show also gave us the opportunity to show off our newest comb design, the brass Doyle, along with two brand new products-- greeting cards and t-shirts featuring Jason's whimsical drawings. Our t-shirt designs are now available online, and greeting cards are currently for sale in-person from retailers like Savvy Gents and Apothecary Off Main.
Though exhausted by the end of two busy and exhilarating events, Jason said that he couldn't be happier with how the trunk show went. "It was a great chance to actually share my products and stories-- with customers, and also with potential retailers. I’d love to do it again with other shops."
Special thanks to all the people who helped make our Trunk Show so much fun, and such a success: Savvy Gents' Randal, Karen Brown of Savvy Chic, stylist Josh Lalonde, massage therapist Lavonn, photographer Laur Nash, planner and promoter Darius Jackson and all the wonderful customers and friends who came out shop and socialize. We can't wait till the next event!