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FBA Spring Fashion Show 09


On April 4, New York University’s Fashion Business Association threw its first show of 2009 at the university’s Kimmel Center on Washington Square South. I wanted something a little more engaging than just photos this time so I hope this works…

Graphic by Dean Stattmann


SoHo Needs More Clothing Stores – Topshop To The Rescue
March 26, 2009, 6:47 pm
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topshop By Dean Stattmann

A rickety old van pulled up outside New York University’s Weinstein dining hall at noon today to give away free promotional gear from renowned British retailer Topshop. Wait, what? That’s right. After over a year and a half of rumors, the fashionable giant from across the pond will leap right into its brand new home on Broadway and Broome St.

SoHo is so incredibly New York, yet anyone walking around this retail mecca for the first time would have a hard time placing themselves. Any international designer worth mentioning is represented in this tiny quarter of lower Manhattan and TopShop has finally decided to follow suit.

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SoHo Walking Tour: A New Light
March 4, 2009, 5:10 am
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By Dean Stattmann

I recently did a walking tour of SoHo. Except instead of using a tour guide – a.k.a. walking encyclopedia – I opted for a tour of the self-guided persuasion. I thought that this would provide me with a more personal experience; I imagined that it would allow me to discover my SoHo.

I began my tour, as the New York Times suggested, on Broadway and Houston. Armed with a wealth of information obtained on the internet the night before, I was ready to venture into what I imagined would be an intriguing world of historical anecdotes and interesting facts.

Twenty minutes later, after knocking out the Singer Building and the rest of the “must-sees,” I decided that this tour sucked. Despite my best efforts, there was nothing personal about it. The facts were still the same, the buildings looked the same to me as they did to everyone else and quite honestly – despite my history major – I have an extremely limited interest in the subject.

I put my two-dimensional guide back in my pocket and started walking. I went where I wanted to go; creating my own tour if you will.

After taking a turn onto Wooster St, I was stopped by an elderly man with white hair, wearing a grey coat that extended to the floor. “Lovely lighting today!” he said.

“Excuse me?” I replied

“For taking photographs,” he said, gesturing towards the camera slung over my shoulder. “You can get some great photos today.”

I’m not going to lie. I thought this man was crazy. He seemed way too excited about the absence of clouds in the sky. He also had a peculiar growth on his forehead that resembled an M&M trying to escape from the inside of an inflated balloon.

His next comment threw me off even more.

“You should wear more colors!”

“I’m sorry… what?”

“Colors. You look depressed,” he said. “Are you depressed?”

“I don’t think so. No, I’m not depressed.”

Granted, I was wearing blue jeans and a grey hoodie. But in my defense, I was wearing a pair of extremely bright red shoes, a point that I made to him, hoping to convince him that I wasn’t depressed. Besides, he was wearing a grey frikkin’ coat!

When I asked him about his “adventurous” wardrobe choice, he looked at me, and began slowly undoing the top button of his coat. Then the next one. Then the next one.

By the time he had undone the last button, I had nothing left to say. If someone ever went back in time, stole Joseph’s technicolored dreamcoat and fashioned it into a three piece suit, this man was wearing it.

“Ok, you win,” I said

He just smiled

“Where did you get that?”

“I made it.” he replied

Following a brief exchange about his desire to appear out of the ordinary at all times, it was soon revealed to me that this man was a photographer, a painter, a musician and a poet. However, with technology as his arch nemesis, he assured me that I would  not find a word about him online. He didn’t even give me his name.

“There’s some great light today,” he said again as if he hadn’t just said the exact same thing moments earlier.

“Yes there is,” I replied. And with that, we walked our separate ways.

I had discovered my SoHo.

Photo by Dean Stattmann

Dignified Grooming at John Allan’s
February 12, 2009, 9:41 pm
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John Allan's

“It doesn’t matter who you are – when you’re sitting in our chairs, we’re going to treat you like the most important person in the world” – John Allan

By Dean Stattmann

With the amount of New York barbershops fast approaching the number of taxi-cabs, one institution remains a cut above the rest. Ever wondered what it would feel like to walk away from a pedicure with your dignity intact? Step into John Allan’s and find out.

For over 20 years, men’s grooming pioneer John Allan Meing has put the man in manicure and removed the hassle from looking sharp. His revolutionary grooming clubs, which combine the comfortable environment of a men’s club with that of your classic barbershop, cater to the man who wants to look good. And with upwards of 10,000 members in New York City alone, there’s no question that they are out there.

“It’s totally different from a barbershop,” says Kimberly Donlin, a receptionist at the Washington Street club. “I never knew about John Allan’s when I came here. I was just like, Oh my God, guys are so lucky, because women don’t have this.”

John Allan's on Washington Street
John Allan’s on Washington Street

Since the opening of his first club in the depths of Manhattan’s financial district in 1988, Meing has worked towards introducing men to a lifestyle that he hopes will encourage them to care more about their appearances and cultivate a general sense of well-being. When walking into the club, this message radiates from the suave environment and friendly staff. But there’s other cool stuff too.

“We have a bar, a pool table, a screening room in the back with a huge screen and comfy leather chairs so guys can just bring their friends,” Says Donlin. “We have tons of guys who come here just to hang out and you don’t really have that in a barber shop. They’ll come here for, say, a pedicure and then just hang out at the bar for an hour.”

Amongst the medley of services offered at each of the John Allan’s locations, of which there are now four in New York City, the clear favorite is Meing’s signature Full Service ($65). This service – the club’s claim to fame – includes a scalp-massaging shampoo, conditioning treatment, relaxing hot towel, haircut, manicure, shoe shine and beverage of your choice, all in less than 40 minutes.

Meing’s exclusive collection of award-winning hair, skin care and shaving products can also be found at Saks, Barneys and Harrods, however stopping by your nearest John Allan’s is highly recommended. It’s one way to end your lunch break with a smile on your face!

Photos by Dean Stattmann

The Direction

Dean StattmannFirst of all, I want to thank everyone who has kept this blog alive by checking back to see what’s new every day. I have been a lot better about posting recently and you can expect far more frequent posting as of now. I’ve received some great feedback and criticism and that is precisely what keeps me motivated and inspired so please keep it up. And leave comments!

While I am a photographer, and this blog was originally set up as a photography blog, I want to start posting written stories too (The response to And the Interns Shall Inherit the Earth was unbelievable). One thing I want people to understand is that these will not be your stereotypical “today I saw a plastic bag floating carelessly in the wind” blog posts. I am a journalist and I intend to put my skills to use right here, on Next Stop Go. That said, while you will see some newsy pieces, I am going to try take a more magazine-oriented approach from now on. That’s my focus and I will be posting a lot to get as much practice as possible.

However, photography will not depart from this blog in any way, shape or form and I intend to up the volume in that area as well. I take photos at least five days a week and there will be a constant stream of new material right here.

Also, blogs make it virtually impossible to customize stuff but there is always some room for improvement. So, if you ever have a thought or idea on how this blog could be better, please dont hesitate to let me know.

I currently have several projects in motion and they will all appear here on Next Stop Go over the next couple days so watch this space!

That is all.

Next stop go!

Dean Stattmann

FBA Fashion Show


The Fashion Business Association at New York University hosted their fall fashion show Tuesday night. The show, which took place on the fourth floor of NYU’s Kimmel Center, hosted an array of designers hailing mostly from NYU and Parsons.

Designers’ themes varied from traditional African housewife, to morning-after cocaine chic, all the while communicating unique perspectives on the industry.

This was my first fashion show shoot, but after this you can be sure there will be more.