It all began on a cool, windy, autumn night at a diner on 21st street. After a night out filled with models, expensive clubs, and a guest appearance from Steve Buscemi, the four of us sat down for some much needed midnight grub. Sitting just beneath the glowing neon sign on the window, we sipped our coffee and laughed about the happenings of our night. Then, all at once, our whole world changed.
In walked a man, no more than 25 years old, dressed exquisitely. This guy could have had it all… had he not made one fatal mistake. He was wearing a backpack! And not just any backpack, one of those backpacks that could fit a medium-sized child inside of it. One of those backpacks with more pockets than a cargo shorts factory.
We were speechless. Triumphantly, Guillaume said, “This can’t go on any longer. We need to make a change.” Patrick chimed in with a, “You’re right. We New Yorkers, nay, men as a whole, deserve better. We need to provide the top quality.” Then Gavin (shocker!), added, “But we need to remember affordability! We can’t hang our fellow fashionable men of the world out to dry!” Finally, Nassim, said, “Guys, we must search the world for proper leather to craft these bags.” We soon left the diner and began walking the neighborhood to work out the details of our new movement. When it came to choosing a name, we knew there was no better than our beloved neighborhood park: Gramercy.
“What’s Gramercy park?” Unfortunately, if you don’t live in the greater New York City area, you may be asking yourself this question. Well, the word “Gramercy” comes from the Dutch phrase “krom moerasje,” meaning “crooked, little swamp,” and that’s exactly what it was.
Where today’s Gramercy park is located, E. 21st Street and Lexington Avenue, used to be a swamp. An ugly, dirty, Florida Everglades-esque swamp. Since then, it’s become one of the most the most beautiful and high-class parks on earth. It is currently New York’s only private park, only available to those who can afford the multi-million dollar homes that surround the park. Talk about a transformation.
Basically, if you’re in Gramercy park, you’ve made it in life. While the dream of making this transformation from swamp to high society can’t be realized by everyone, we feel we can provide the first step on that path. You can’t achieve ultimate success without looking your best, and you surely can’t look your best without an artisan-crafted Gramercy bag.