Emil and Sandy Corsillo Stock Up on Surprises
Finally, you can get your tailored shirts and retro candy from one source.
When brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo set up their online store Hickoree’s Hard Goods—right around the time they launched their fresh, always-surprising accessories line The Hill-Side—they didn’t want to carry the same old things they saw everywhere else. Instead, they filled in their collection of modern, tough-to-find menswear with oddities and bits of nostalgia, and now that Hickoree’s has an IRL location in Williamsburg, you can experience the interplay of Folk shirts and slingshots for yourself. Here, the guys share five of the finds that make their shop something special.
Emil: “We liked the idea of an area in the store where the kids could go when their parents were looking—and then we realized we are the kids. Early on, The Hill-Side was taking up all of our attention completely, so there was a period when we weren’t sending mailers or doing press for Hickoree’s. And the corollary to that was that we were buying non-seasonal products like the slingshots, balsa-wood airplanes, and Slinkys to fill out the inventory.”
Sandy: “This is a good example of a product that I think we were able to see in a different context.”
Emil: “These socks are sold at craft fairs and the coolest stores in small towns in the Midwest. But I have 20 pairs of them—they are all I ever wear when it’s cold enough out. I’ve never ripped a hole in a pair. They’re made in Vermont from mostly recycled cotton.”
Leather Man Ltd. Belts
Emil: “This company is from Connecticut, and it does a lot of private label for stores like Brooks Brothers. They make a belt using a much finer, woven cotton that has a more dressy, preppy look, but we asked them to make this style, which is a little more rugged and tougher, using this heavy webbing that’s the base for a ribbon belt.”
Truman Handcrafted Wallets
Emil: “The guy who makes these wallets, Teppei Teranishi, has a great blog called New Grass. I’ve been reading it for a long time and then saw that he was experimenting with some small leather stuff, so we got in touch right away.”
Sandy: “One of my favorite things we have is this made-in-America candy. I don’t know where Abba-Zaba’s from, but I never saw it growing up. That and things like Idaho Spud—they’re just not available anywhere anymore.”