I opened Smith and Ninth on my twenty-fourth birthday from my childhood bedroom in Gravesend, Brooklyn.
From the day I made my world entrance in Methodist Hospital to present, I have been inspired by the shapes, faces, history, and changing cultures of my home, the borough of Brooklyn. Smith and Ninth is the result of years of ideation, months of labor, and a lifetime of hustle fueled by that inspiration.
The name is one I’m sure my fellow F-train riders are familiar with (now, for better or for worse). Hovering over the Gowanus Canal, the Smith-Ninth Streets F-and-G-train subway station is the highest rapid transit station in the world, standing at 87.5 feet tall. I spent years commuting through that station to high school in Fort Greene, to various internships in Manhattan, and home to South Brooklyn, but it took me a while to realize why I had developed a deep affection for it.
Peering out from one of the grated windows in the station, a viewer can see bits of Staten Island, the Manhattan skyline, and the juxtaposing, yet melding, neighborhoods, architectures, and experiences of Brooklyn. It’s an ethereal place that in many ways can make you feel like a bird gliding over the city. Smith and Ninth, much like the station’s iconic green mosaics, is a pleasant glimpse into the intricacy of how Brooklynites coexist and how it differs from other boroughs.
Today, Smith and Ninth is an independent, clothing and accessories brand for men and women. As a member of our community, you'll have access to limited edition, original designs and products that share the vibe of being a Brooklynite, whether born-and-bred like me, fresh off the boat immigrants like my grandparents, newcomers, or passers-by.