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From the nautical name and menswear focus, you might assume that Goose Barnacle is yet another nostalgic guy store in the mold of Freeman's Sporting Club. Atlantic Avenue shoppers probably wouldn't complain if that was the case, but as it happens, owner David Alperin has a vision that goes far beyond mustache chic.
Alperin worked as a banker for six years before going to FIT. He opened Goose Barnacle a little over a month ago as an art gallery as well as a boutique. And we're not talking about $100 gift art—right now, the works on the walls, all by painter Aldo Pizzi, go for between $1,800 and $11,000.
The clothing, on the other hand, is a little easier to take home: Labels in the small, well-edited collection include Taylor Supply and Sebago. There's also a box of vintage Vuarnet sunglasses, should you want to channel an Olympic skiing medalist from 1984 (guys: you should), as well as jewelry for women (some designed by Alperin and his sister), and a smattering of clothing for kids.
Alperin plans to change the art fairly often. Next Thursday, December 16, he'll debut a new show of wire sculpture by Rodger Stevens. Other plans for the future include a more extensive website and the eventual build-out of his jewelry line.
· Check Out: Goose Barnacle [GQ]
· Goose Barnacle [Official Site]