I’ve been watching Man Shops Globe screeners all week and all I can say is I wish I had this guy’s job. Or I at least wish I were his sister-in-law/travel partner. Or had his frequent flier miles. Keith Johnson travels the world buying furniture for Anthropologie stores. I now understand why their one-of-a-kind pieces are so expensive, though he didn’t really seem to be much of a negotiator. I imagine having cameras follow you puts a cramp in one’s negotiating style.
I was afraid this would screen like one long Anthropolgie commercial, which, let’s face it, it is, but it’s a damn good commercial. It’s totally entertaining, and I’ll take it over Pepsi or Ford product placement any day of the week. The most heartwarming part is are the great stories of how collaborators came together, and how an order from Johnson can change someone’s livelihood and life. I think my favorite episode is when he visits a design school exhibition in Holland and then heads over to Axel Vervoordt’s Complex.
I recommend watching this on a DVR, as some of the camera work is a little jumbled, and you’re going to want to hit pause when they are scanning around the flea markets and shops in order to check out the goods. The show premieres tonight on The Sundance Channel at 10 p.m. I was able to catch the first episode a little early on On Demand; this may vary depending on your cable service but if you can’t wait until tonight, give it a shot.
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