Restoration Hardware founder Stephen Gordon is back with a new retail venture called Guideboat (it's where Robert Redford's character in All Is Lost might shop), celebrating "ruggedness, honesty, sexiness, authenticity, and long-lived goods."
Gordon, who grew up in the Adirondacks, spent his childhood on Lake Champlain, where he developed an appreciation for the guideboat. "They're the fastest fixed-seat rowboat in the world," he says. A few years ago, he acquired a rare 1892 J. H. Rushton guideboat and became entranced with the idea of creating an authentic, handmade rendition of the boat. With Guideboat, he's offering a trio of handmade boats (two other models in addition to the Guideboat), as well as a wide-ranging assortment of nautical goods, ranging from a $5 box of Stormproof matches to a handmade $315 foul weather jacket from Stutterheim in Sweden.
Gordon's doing something right: When we stopped in last weekend, Josh—that would be my husband—who is normally allergic to shopping, bought a watch (the Bertucci Field Watch, to be precise). For more information, go to Guideboat.
Photographs by Katie Newburn for Remodelista, except where noted.
Above: The Guideboat flagship occupies a former cabinet shop on the site of the former Mill Valley Lumber Yard.
Above: In addition to maritime accoutrements like foul weather gear and canvas tote bags, Guideboat also offers English marine lighting, including the handmade Cargo Cluster Light ($775) from Davey.
Above: Gordon's California-built Guideboat on display, featuring hand-joined, oil-rubbed American cherry trim and finished in midnight blue. "Before the Hamptons, the wealthy summered in the Adirondacks," Gordon says. "Guideboats were the only way in and out, ferrying the Roosevelts and the Rockefellers to their Great Camps."
Above: Gordon's team hand-paints the Limited Edition Oars and Paddles on site.
Above: First built in the 1940s, the 8-foot-long Naples Sabot was named for the district of Long Beach, CA, where it was developed and launched. "It was referred to as a budget-sized yacht when it was introduced," Gordon says. "It's small, wicked fast, and maneuverable under sail."
Above: Dressing room curtains are made from vintage flags.
Above: A selection of outerware for men, ranging from a Washed Denim Chore Coat ($95) made by the Pointer family in Bristol, Tennessee, to a Navy Tote Jacket ($325) hand tailored by UK-based Guild of Labor.
Above: Made in North Carolina, the American Felling Axe is $175 and comes with a leather sheath.
Above: Woolrich's 100 percent wool Allegheny Blanket, made in Pennsylvania, is $135.
Above: On the shelves: stacks of wool US Navy blankets ($185).
Above: A branch serves as a hanging rack for a selection of handmade Hillgate Bags made in London from vintage reclaimed military tent fabrics.
Above: Gordon is planning to offer reproduction 1909 Willsboro Adirondack chairs, based on the original specs, made of marine plywood and finished with durable high-gloss marine paint. Photo by Cynthia Pillsbury.