What can I possibly say about Todd Barket that hasn’t already been covered? The amount of editorial (and deservedly so) on the mighty Unionmade and Mill Mercantile is a reflection of impeccable taste. In a sea of the cliff-noted-everything-for-everybody-kitchensink that is currenty the landscape, their product mix is a fine example of curated restraint.
Much can be said about the stores development, the owners’ storied past, their deep retail pedigree, the engaged & attentive staff… but I feel only a few really know-know about Todd Barket, himself… what little he reveals… I, myself, having only known him a better part of 2 years can say he really DOES care. About everything. He’s the kinda guy that will go to a market week with 30 appointments deep, knowing he can only allow himself to write 15 of the lines. He respects the process. He appreciates the machine. He cares about the people involved in the industry each step of the way. He allows each player to do their job, on both sides of the table… THAT, my friends, is the only understanding that really matters.
-Brian, i+w Wholesale Director