Man Shops Globe
“Man Shops Globe” is an original series starring Keith Johnson, the antiques buyer for the innovative specialty retailer Anthropologie. One of the largest purchasers of decorative antiques in the world, Johnson globe trots six months out of the year to find unique and beautiful items.
In each location, be it China, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, France, England, India, or Holland, Johnson hits the ground running with a different team of local experts and artists who help him acquire and re-imagine a new life for the eclectic objects he finds. Working against the clock and driven by his own competitive spirit, he is inexhaustible in his search for uncommon design. This series is also distinguished by Johnson’s appreciation of the creative process: each episode will showcase exquisite and delightful objects as well as the artists and process behind the work.
Whether he discovers an antique table or wealth of original works in an undiscovered artist’s studio, viewers are sure to be fascinated with Johnson’s knack for finding covetable, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Anthropologie is in need of large-scale furniture for existing stores and for the new locations that will soon open in the U.K. Keith sets out for France to the flea markets and antique stores that are reliably filled with sizeable pieces. But as soon as they hit the fabled Paris flea market, i...
Keith is looking for African artists whose work feels fresh and exciting on his latest trip to South Africa, and he has asked his African agent Trevyn McGowan to lead him to “anything different, anything unusual.” Trevyn suggests focusing on ceramics, one of South Africa’s major strengths, and sh...
Keith heads to Turkey in search of unique and inspiring Asian textiles and fabrics. He is joined by a contingent of Anthropologie colleagues, as well as one of his agents and a translator. They have just three days to find their quarry, and begin their hunt at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, the world'...
Holland and Belgium
Modernist décor is big in retailing, but the often austere style has been a tough sell at Anthropologie, where pretty, inviting pieces are the norm. Hoping to finesse an Anthropologie version of Modern, Keith heads to Holland and Belgium. There, he’s joined by a former colleague, Leslie Oschmann,...
With several new Anthropologie stores in need of home décor pieces, India is a logical but problematic hunting ground; it offers a plethora of goods, but many of them may be overly familiar. Searching for the unique and different, Keith travels from Delhi to Mumbai to Jodhpur as he visits his fa...
Keith takes off for the U.K. in search of objects to inspire the designer team that is developing Anthropologie’s upcoming home collection. He is joined by the retailer’s Visual Director, Kristin Norris, whose design tastes are quite unlike Keith’s. They start off with a visit to one of Keith’s...
Eternally on the hunt for new things and new places, Keith makes his first trip to Tunisia. After a ramble through the Old Souk of Tunis, Keith goes in search of the artisans responsible for the more intriguing objects. Keith visits an olive wood carving workshop in Sfax, Tunisia’s leading prayer...
On vacation, yet incapable of not searching for unusual goods, Keith is compelled to visit the Breuer Moreno Auction House in Buenos Aires. In the Palermo area, he combs through the offerings at a flea market, checks in with his favorite fabric merchant, who sells hand-loomed pieces from remote p...