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Behind The Scenes

A Day in Steamboat Springs With the Shipley & Halmos Guys

Although Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, the dream team behind Shipley & Halmos, are currently based in NYC, the two have called a bunch of locales home. Together, they’ve spent time in Florida (where Jeff was born), Illinois (where Sam was born), California, Virginia, and Colorado—a place that holds an extra-special place in their hearts. “We met at the University of Colorado—I spent four years in Colorado, and Sam had lived there since he was 13. Sam and I and our college friends go every year for a ski and snowboarding trip,” says Jeff. Below, they talk us through their favorite places to visit, besides the runs. —alisha prakash The view from Slopeside. Slopeside GrillJeff: “Great après-ski spot at the base of the mountain. If it’s sunny and warm, they have a huge patio right on the snow.” (slopesidegrill.com) SnowbowlSam:“It has an old-school bowling alley vibe, cheap drinks, and really nice owners. You might even get lucky and visit on a rock ‘n’ bowl night. If you’re like us, the competition gets intense, which often leads to arguments amongst our group of friends.” (snowbowl.net) The SmokehouseJeff: “We’ve been doing this trip for the last 10 years, but it wasn’t till recently that we discovered the desert wings they have at The Smokehouse. Neither of us are big wing fans, but these are another story. They use this dry rub that’s off the charts! Plus, the tap beers are served in giant frosty glasses—always a plus.” (steamboatsmokehouse.com) Crowds enjoying the hot springs. Strawberry Park Hot SpringsSam: “These natural hot springs are about a 30-minute drive outside downtown Steamboat. They have various natural rock pools that cascade down from the mountain. If it’s snowing, this place is gorgeous. You need a four-wheel-drive car to get there, by the way.” (strawberryhotsprings.com) Rio GrandeJeff: “This tradition started in our Boulder days—we’d visit the Rio as a pre-game spot to have a couple margaritas before going out. Warning: These are not normal margs. They each have something like four or five shots of Cuervo Gold in them. That’s why the restaurant has a policy to limit to three per guest. Pace yourselves, especially in the altitude!” (riograndemexican.com) Howelsen HillSam: “Steamboat is home to more U.S. Olympic athletes than any other mountain. The (crazy) people that fly off the giant ski jumps practice here, which is really amazing to watch. Plus, there’s a tubing course—on the snow—in the afternoon and evening that is super fun.” To see what the guys made us—ideal for the crispier weather ahead—sign up for our email list.
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Tour the Shipley & Halmos Studio

When Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos launched Shipley & Halmos, their every-guy line that girls go nuts for too, they started working out of Sam’s apartment in Long Beach, California. “At that time, Sam played music, so he had a whole recording studio set up in his kitchen. There was equipment everywhere, plus clothes,” says Jeff. But a couple of months later, the twosome moved to NYC, taking over a baller studio in Soho. We’ll let them show you around. —alisha prakash Score the (unisex!) silk scarves the guys made for us from this rad space. Jeff: “The neon light installation, which drops down from the showroom into our studio, was installed a few years ago. Sitting in the studio and looking up almost 40 feet to the ceiling always reminds us how fortunate we are to work in such a beautiful environment!” Sam: “This is our company mascot and an international sensation, Ampy the Ampersand. He’s out on the road promoting the S&H brand but occasionally stops by the office to cheer us on in person.” Jeff: “Meet Sean, our friend and fit model.” Sam: “This is part of last season’s inspiration board. Typically, it’s more about mood and feeling than it is about fashion. It also heavily influences our color palette. Our boards are just a grouping of random images saved up since the previous collection. It’s incredible how they tend to match up and create a narrative. It’s like a map to the random points of interest of our brand for that time period. There’s never a Great Gatsby theme or anything like that.” Jeff: “They might look sweet in the picture—but Roscoe loves to dig in the garbage, and Pilot tends to get a little ornery with visitors.” Sam: “Kate, Sam, and Jeff are gathered around Kylan’s desk to watch the first edit of a film we shot. Yes, Sam is drinking a beer. Nothing wrong with a happy hour!”
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