This is Fidelity Sportswear’s first year to be working with Brooklyn’s beautifully curated store, Hatchet Supply, the one stop shop for outdoor gear & wear in Williamsburg. Located right on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hatchet opened just last year and has been working hard to keep dreams of wilderness & boys scouts alive. Owner, Gene Han, was gracious enough to take a moment out of his day and catch us up on his life and work in Brooklyn.
Tell us a bit about your store. How long has it been around?
The idea for the shop came about because I’m very particular about the outdoor gear that I buy and always have the need to try them out first hand. Brooklyn, at the time, did not have any outlets for outdoor gear or outdoor wear, you always had to travel to Manhattan. We opened our doors in March of 2013 to cater to customers like myself but with a look and feel that is very “Brooklyn” – highly curated and elevated.
Hatchet is located along the beautiful stretch of Brooklyn Bridge Park. What is your neighborhood like?
Hatchet Supply is located in Brooklyn Heights, which is a very historic area of Brooklyn. Think tree-lined cobble stone streets with historic (and often landmarked) brown stone buildings sprinkled with cute cafes, high quality boutiques and curated specialty shops. Smorgasburg takes place right on the waterfront at the newly created Brooklyn Bridge Park and ferries to Governors Island depart hourly only a few blocks away from the shop.
Apart from men’s clothing you carry tents, sleeping bags, travel thermoses & backpacks. Tell us about your love for the outdoors and how it all comes together in your store.
My love of the outdoors developed as a Boy Scout going out on our monthly camping outings. I also made Eagle Rank. Back then, our only choice of outdoor gear was our local Scout shop and whatever our parents decided to buy from Modell’s. Hatchet Supply represents the gear and equipment that we aspired to attain back then as young Scouts. We do carry all equipment that may be needed for a weekend outing and then some! Instead of carrying a huge variety of gear choices, we only stock what we feel is the best of the best.
Where are some of your favorite weekend get-away spots around the city?
We usually go to Harriman State Park during the season as you can easily rent a lean-to or a camping spot there. It’s only about an hour and half upstate. I’d also recommend Stoke Forest in NJ.
This is your first year to carry the Gerald & Stewart collection by Fidelity. What items will you have in stock?
We’re excited to be getting in the Twill Lined Wool Peacoat, The Military Baseball Jacket and The Stadium Coat from Fidelity this Fall ’14.
If you could take a visit to anyplace in the world, what would you like to see?
A Safari in South Africa or Botswana or Patagonia in Argentina or Chile. I’ve been wanting to visit Crete after reading The Golden Step by Christopher Somerville and I got my chance this past September!
A million thank yous to Gene Han & Hatchet Supply! Please be sure to visit their website and visit them in Brooklyn for all your camping gear.