Who else is watching my new favorite show, Man Shops Globe? For those that haven't heard of it, its all about Keith Johnson - home buyer extraordinaire for Anthropologie. Each episode features a new exotic locale where he hunts for a few pieces for display or sale in the stores.
Based on the fact that I drool all over the home section in both the Anthropologie stores and online, Keith and that entire team is clearly doing something very right. Who hasn't wondered where they find some of their most fabulous stuff?
That said, Keith is easy to love to hate. He has great taste but can't quite articulate the process by which he finds his inspiration. Ok, I'll give him that as it seems an impossible skill to explain. He has a design team back home that will revamp pretty much anything he finds to perfection but by that time he is already on to bigger and better things. The most frustrating part is that Keith lives a life that seems impossibly glamorous but is completely unphased by it all. Sure, he has been everywhere and done everything but can't he feign a wee bit of excitement occasionally? Maybe he is just tense around the cameras and that will wear off over time? Or maybe he is medicated? In other words, Im green with envy. I want to be him.
On the likeable side, Keith admits to having the best job in the world and I agree. That said, its probably pretty stressful to HAVE to find something amazing on each trip. I know I have a hard enough time finding a fun souvenir in my travels no less something that would please a finicky design team and shoppers across the US.
Should you be polishing your resume in the hopes of taking Keith's spot, think again. Keith's long time partner just happens to be the CEO of the company that owns Anthropologie. Or at least that's what the internet tells me (and I believe everything I read). I'm not sure if that would make his job more or less stressful.
So are you watching? What do you think?