Air Mail on Hudson

April 22, 2024

It was a big week for us at Air Mail. We officially opened our new newsstand in New York, at 546 Hudson St in the West Village. Almost all of the work I’ve done in my career has been online or in digital form so it’s a rare occurrence for me to have a physical manifestation of an idea or work product. This was a lot of fun and I’m so excited to see the store open to the public.

Lovely coverage of the opening and Graydon’s vision in The New York Times from Friday. Ruth La Ferla writes:

The shop arrived in Manhattan after Air Mail opened others in London and Milan. Its merchandise, like the newsletter it is named after, is meant to appeal to an urbane crowd.

A rigorously edited selection of books and high-end glossies like “The World of Interiors,” “Kinfolk” and “Beauty Papers” is supplemented by various novelties with a statusy, you-can-only-find-it-here appeal. Say, a curly brass shoehorn ($145); a palm-tree-patterned Chez Dede lampshade ($345); old-fashioned typewriter paper ($15); or an Air Mail logo baseball cap ($30) like the one Larry David wears in recent episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Is Mr. Carter, Vanity Fair’s former editor in chief, adopting a new identity as a shopkeeper? Not quite. But “there is a merchant inside everybody,” he said unflappably.

Love that quote. If you’re in New York, come visit us.