By  on September 15, 2008

NEW YORK — The two half-brothers behind Kesner believe their unique mix of little-known labels will set their store apart from those selling the other trendy brands already being offered in the West Village.

Matthew Simon and Philip Silverman quit their jobs last year and set off on a tour of Europe, visiting fashion shows, showrooms and men’s stores in Florence, Milan, Paris, London and Barcelona in search of vendors and inspiration. With very little fashion experience—24-year-old Silverman worked for over a year as a buyer in Bloomingdale’s children’s department and his brother worked in the New York Knicks front office—the duo managed to secure exclusives with designers such as Antonio Azzuolo, Marchand Drapier and Melinda Gloss, who don’t sell to other U.S. shops.

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