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    AT HOME WITH SEAN HOTCHKISS
    Our friend Sean invites us into his Lower East Side home, thoughtfully styled with relics from his childhood.
    April 23, 2015  |  BY NICK NEMECHEK
    Sean and I first crossed paths while working together at J. Crew. A largely female office, I remember a big stir when a new guy was spotted on the 12th floor. A few days later, I was walking through Noho and ran into Sean on the street - but he was about 30 ft. tall on a Gant Rugger billboard. "Hold up," I thought - "Who is this dude?"

    Turns out, he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet - aside from being a writer, occasional photographer, and creative consultant. A frequent contributor to a number of publications, Sean has a quick wit, keen eye and a radly unique sense of style. But more importantly, he's an incredibly humble and real person, which we learned by spending a bit of time with him at his Alphabet City apartment.

    Sean clearly knows his way around the City, as evidenced by his home's frequent references to new institutions like Saturdays and the Blind Barber. And his knack for style is readily apparent through the fearless melding of traditional with contemporary (we were especially fond of his selection of rugs). But most notable and endearing was his ability to create a space that truly feels like home - a feat largely achieved by including meaningful pieces from his childhood in Maine.
  • ...
    "This is actually a John Varvatos scarf. I thought, I'm not going to wear this, but it would be cool to hang. Everyone asks me if its really a flag, and I'm like, no...I wish."
    - Sean Hotchkiss
  • HOW DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOU WANTED TO BE WRITER?

    It's one of those things that in hindsight makes perfect sense, but I didn't consider it as a career path initially. I was an English major in college, and did a lot of creative writing...I have to be close to my 10,000 hours. There wasn't really a moment when I decided to pursue writing as a career. I was just a little lost and needed to get in touch with who I was.

  • YOU WERE DOING SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNRELATED BEFORE, RIGHT?

    Yea, I took a job commercial real estate. That was me coming out of college and having no clue what I wanted to do. I would wake up every day and dread that job. I'd be in the office and just get this strong wave to run and escape. I used to daydream about elaborate escape fantasies.

  • HAS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE EVOLVED AT ALL SINCE YOU'VE MOVED TO THIS SPOT?

    I'm sort of trying to get simpler these days. Whereas, when I first moved down here, I wanted it to be very "Ralph Lauren" with patterns and heavy sh*t happening. But now, I'm more into the minimal stuff, like mid-century. So, there's both heavy and light stuff happening - It's a bit of a hybrid. If I could start over again, I would do it a little bit differently, but wouldn't most people say that? I do like walking in here at the end of the day. It's one of those places where the energy is really good. I've never had a bad night's sleep in this apartment in two years.

  • I LOVE THAT YOU HAVE STUFF FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD IN HERE. I RARELY SEE THAT IN THE CITY.

    Yea - its true. When I come back home, I feel so much happier that I've taken the time to surround myself with things that mean something to me. I'll go to someone else's place and think - "It doesn't even look like you live here - it looks like you're in transit." I don't think its ever going to feel like home unless you put meaningful stuff in it. Until this apartment, I never felt really at home. But now, when I come home and drop my bag, it's like a safe zone. I'm very protective of it.

  • I love walking in here at the end of the day. It's one of those places where the energy is really good. I've never had a bad night's sleep in this apartment in two years.

  • ...
    "I got [the dresser] at this place that refurbishes old shit on 11th street. I don't really have a lot of closet space...I just have this [armoire] that's filled with sports jackets and stuff I don't actually wear. I feel like I go through my clothes every three months and get rid of stuff, but the pile just won't shrink."
    - Sean Hotchkiss
  • ...
    "This is a rendering my dad had made of the old 30-foot Downeast powerboat we had growing up. My dad was super, super, into boats - he'd have five or six at a time because he was flipping them, and we'd go out on a different boat everyday."
    - Sean Hotchkiss
  • ...
    "The sign is actually from the side of my family's childhood summer place in Nantucket. They sold it when my dad passed away and I found it in the storage unit up in Maine. I've had it ever since, and it's moved around with me from apartment to apartment."
    - Sean Hotchkiss
  • I don't think its ever going to feel like home unless you put meaningful stuff in it. Until this apartment, I never really felt at home. But now, when I come home and drop my bag, it's like a safe zone. I'm very protective of it.

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