Almost a decade ago, I was introduced to a guy who would later partner up with a great friend of mine, Carlos Quirarte, to start the iconic neighborhood restaurant and coffee shop known as The Smile. In that decade, Matt Kliegman has become one of my favorite people, and I’ve watched with great enthusiasm as he and Carlos have expanded their NYC-based empire to include managing The Jane nightclub, The Westway nightclub, and the Smile To Go restaurant with catering services. Anyone who knows them will tell you that they’re two of the nicest guys around, and a bit denim obsessed, which are probably two of the reasons why we’ve become such great friends. Matt has been a loyal fan of the brand since the day we opened and I’m not sure I’ve seen him wear anything but 3x1 these past three years. Thank you Matt! Anyway, Matt’s latest venture, Black Seed, is a hand rolled, wood-fired Montreal bagel shop which has already seen lines out the door almost every morning and is usually sold out by 3pm. I’m here to assure you, it’s well worth the wait. If you’re anything like me, try the everything bagel with fresh scallop cream cheese and onion—it's as good as it gets. Check it out for yourself at 170 Elizabeth Street in Nolita in NYC. -Scott Morrison
What's your style philosophy?
Keep it simple. A few great pairs of jeans and some comfortable work shirts.
What's your favorite 3x1 jean and why?
The M4 in xx133, black denim. It was my first pair and I wore them for nearly a year straight. Finally just got myself a new pair.
What's your favorite place in the world?
Algonquin Park in Ontario with my girlfriend, Sophie.
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
Continue to open bars and restaurants.
What are your words to live by?
"Mistakes are great, so long as you don't keep making the same ones."