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Suiting Upat The Somerset HouseFounded by former menswear designer Alan Eckstein, The Somerset House is a premier
destination for collectible furniture, art and interior design. Along with sales director
Khiry Sullivan, Eckstein transformed their new Long Island City showroom into a place
where creativity thrives against the backdrop of great design. We paid them a visit to
discuss their favorite objects, music and the people who inspire them.
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“I’m obsessed with this Ettore Sottsass console [on Alan’s left]. It’s beautiful and weird and adds punk rock to any room—especially paired with something precious or fancy.”—Alan, in the Ludlow double-breasted suit in Italian linen-wool and relaxed heritage cotton tee.

We believe in quality and
good design that bring
joy to people’s lives,
which is also how I
approach fashion. I enjoy
the fantasy of creating
who you want to be
through pieces that
represent that vision.
—Alan
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Khiry in the Ludlow double-breasted suit in Italian wool,
relaxed heritage cotton tee and Collective Canvas Bal sneakers.
A quick Q&A with
the furniture curators
How does The Somerset House reflect what you’re passionate about?AE: The cultural tie-ins outside of furniture are really important to us. We want to be a place where visitors come together over good design and great music—we host nights where people can play their favorite records on unique sound systems. There’s a relationship to music here that reflects our passion in a special way.KS: As our collection keeps getting better, I find myself evolving—the environment changes me. I went to my first opera recently, which I attribute to an elevated mindset from being around these beautiful objects. Where I spend my time influences the music I listen to, the places I go and the way I dress.
What took you from designing menswear to collecting furniture?AE: The Somerset House is the gallery that I always wanted to go to. I used to rework unique vintage clothes a lot, and we do that with one-of-a-kind pieces here. That’s the main parallel I have with my fashion experience: the idea of bringing new life to something that already exists.
How has your approach to getting dressed changed over time?AE: I love fashion, and care about expressing myself through my clothes. Good pieces are worth it, and it’s one of the amazing things about J.Crew—there’s always an emphasis on building a wardrobe that lasts.KS: I wear more suits now, and in more casual ways. Being from New York comes into play with how I dress. Sometimes I’ll wear a sweatshirt with cutoff sleeves and tuck it into nicer trousers. I like to balance dressier pants with a shirt that feels relaxed.
What else is inspiring you right now?AE: I just became a father, so that’s everything right now. I’m so inspired by my wife.KS: I’ve been making time to go to the ballet, watch the Criterion Channel and listen to a lot of jazz. I’m also really inspired by Alan’s style. He always wears things that are unique and subtle.
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“I think it’s easier to get dressed as you get older. I value quality
over quantity more now, and make sure that I only have what I’ll actually wear.”
—Alan, in the stretch hemp–organic
cotton suit jacket.
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I really appreciate how
engaged the people are
who visit the showroom,
and enjoy helping them
experiment with their
design sensibilities.
—Khiry
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Khiry in the Wallace & Barnes chambray guayabera shirt
and stretch hemp–organic cotton suit pant.
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