We caught up with Lee Fleming, retail director of Liverpool based Menswear store Weavers Door. Weavers Door have stocked Grenson for over 8 years.
Your life in a nutshell and what are your latest projects?
I am the retail director of Liverpool menswear independent Weavers Door where my role is split between store operations, buying and marketing. Weavers Door is part of a flourishing independent scene in Liverpool so we’re always looking to link up with friends of the store in creative ways. Alongside my day to day obsession for clothing my ‘out of hours’ passion is jazz where I run a jazz collective called the Anti Social Jazz Club.
What are you most proud of?
Weavers Door recently launched a new website which I’ve been working on with a good friend of the store, Ben of Market New Media. We’re really happy with the website as it gives the team more creative opportunities to highlight what’s happening at the store, be it product, collaborations or events.
Where do you live and what do you love about it?
I’m fortunate enough to live in the middle of Liverpool city centre, on Castle Street with my girlfriend Libby. It’s a throw stone away from the store (my commute to work is 2 minutes) and I’m close to a lot the city has to offer including some great restaurants, bars and music venues.
Can you give us 5 places we should visit where you live and why?
Maray – One of my favourite restaurant in the city, Dom, Thom and James have done an amazing job bringing back a piece of Paris’ 4th arrondissement to Liverpool. Located in the Ropewalks, Maray serves small plates inspired by the flavours of the Middle East alongside great cocktails and wine in an intimate setting.
Dig Vinyl – I spent a lot of my days off in records shop and Dig Vinyl is my local on the digging front. The team behind Dig Vinyl travel far and wide for second-hand records and have the best jazz offering in the city.
Buyers Club – Located in Hardman Yard, Buyers Club is a wine bar, cocktail parlour, small plates restaurant and gig space nearby the the likes of the Philharmonic Hall and both the Liverpool cathedrals. Upstairs is Aerie, a loft-like music space which sees Buyers Club, Anti Social Jazz Club and Mono-Tone Jazz collaborated to bring more good music to the city.
Caledonia Pub – A traditional corner pub in the Georgian Quarter offering cask ales and a 100% vegan menu, plus regular live music nights with regular performances from the likes of Blind Monk and Marley Chingus jazz outfits.
Merchant Pub – A brilliant pub, bar and pizzeria located on the corner of Parr and Slater Street. This is one of the Weavers Door teams favourite spots to socialise and catch some of the best DJs to pass through the city including Andrew Weatherall, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and more.
What songs should we add to the Grenson Spotify playlist?
Chip Wickham – Soho Strut
Ezra Collective – Mace Windu Riddim
Yadava – Rebecca’s Jam
What was your favourite holiday or place you last visited and did you make any discoveries of lesser known places you ate, drank, visited or slept, you can share?
Last year I drove to Scandinavia with a good friend and stopped off in Antwerp, Amstedam, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Malmo. It was amazing experience going city to city experiencing snapshots of what each had to offer and celebrated by birthday in a jazz club in Christiania, the famous freetown of Copenhagen.
One book that you think everyone should read?
Kenya Hara – White
Which 3 instagrammers should we follow?
Gaurab Thakali – Illustrator (@gaurabthakali)
12 Inch Motion – 2D Motion Design by German artist Felix von Líska (@12inchmotion)
Tokyo Jazz Joints – Photography project by Philip Arneill and James Catchpole (@tokyojazzjoints)
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