The founder of Studio Institute keeps a Macbook in his freezer and has a love for Kith and Acne. New York.
Jodi Taylor, Noah Lehava
Walking into Nate Brown’s FiDi apartment, we swore we could instantly feel the energy radiating off him. It might have had something to do with the fact that Brown, founder of full-service creative studio Studio Institute, greeted us like we went way back, and was almost as eager to dive into showing us his things as we were. Thanks to Brown’s carefree and casual attitude, the shoot was a breeze—spending an afternoon with him was everything we could have hoped for. He was full of some of the most fascinating stories (one of them involving a chrome axe, Kanye West, and Scott Disick—remember *that* American Psycho homage?) and it took everything in us not to pull up a chair and ask what was for dinner. Realistically, we really shouldn’t have been that surprised at the caliber of Brown’s anecdotes—after all, his roster of clients includes the biggest of the big (as in West, Beyoncé, and Jay Z)—and that’s not even touching on his fashion or fitness clients (think Alexander Wang, John Elliott, Kith, and Nike). Once we had finished balancing his Stone Island snowpants on his fridge, we convinced Brown to throw on his Kith robe and cook up some eggs, because, well, it wouldn’t quite be a Coveteur shoot if things didn’t get a little weird, right? Click through the below gallery to read all about how Brown got started, his love for NASA, and why he believes in embracing every obstacle life throws at you. Click through the below gallery to read the full interview.