Philly Sneaker King Brian Nadav on the Things He Can’t Live Without

The Lapstone & Hammer tastemaker’s designs are worn by everyone from Ben Simmons to Post Malone. Here’s what he loves right now.

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Brian Nadav is the man behind the hit menswear shop Lapstone & Hammer. Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

With his hit menswear shop, Lapstone & Hammer, and capsule collections worn by everyone from Ben Simmons to Post Malone, Brian Nadav is one of Philly’s top tastemakers. Here, all the stuff he loves right now.


Items I wear every day: A Thorn by Niv x Lapstone dog tag, part of a custom collaboration we did with Philly jeweler Eli Niv. And a Cartier Trinity ring, which represents my three kids.

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Brian Nadav’s Thorn by Niv x Lapstone dog tag and Cartier Trinity ring. Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Currently wearing: Noah paisley sweatpants. I’ve been pretty much living in them.

Prized possession: 1985 Original Air Jordan 1s. I think the original box had a $79 price tag on it. Now, they’re worth in the tens of thousands.

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Brian Nadav’s 1985 Original Air Jordan 1s. Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Hobby: Playing guitar and oud, an 11-string Middle Eastern lute. My father’s family is from Yemen, and when I first heard the oud, it resonated with me.

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Brian Nadav’s oud. Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

On my desk: Nike packing lists, product catalogs, doodles upon doodles.

Favorite local boutiques: Ps & Qs. And Franklin & Poe, which has the best denim collection in the city.

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Brian Nadav’s doodles. Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Project I’m currently working on: A Lapstone cut-and-sew apparel line, all made in Philly. It’s a collection of essentials like flannels, cargos, hoodies, sweatpants. And a 76ers Crossover capsule collection that’s being released in April.

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Brian Nadav is working on a 76ers Crossover capsule. Photograph by Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images


I collect: Sneakers. I cut my personal collection down to about 300 pairs, mainly due to a lack of space in my current home and for peace and well-being between myself and my wife.

Skin-care essential: Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Moisturizer; Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner and Rose Day Cream Light, stolen from my wife. And doTERRA frankincense essential oil.

Hair essential: I can’t give that away. It’s top- secret.


Workout: Training sessions with Giovanni Romero of the Fitness Ethic on Spring Garden.

Hair salon: Blue Hair Studio in Huntingdon Valley.

Favorite restaurant and what I order: Any vegetarian special pie and the white bean salad at Pizzeria Beddia, and the rib eye for two at Suraya.

Sunday-morning routine: Brunch with the kids at Cafe La Maude.

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Brian Nadav makes an annual trip to Paris Fashion Week. Photograph by Ilnur Kalimullin/Unsplash

Annual trips: Paris Fashion Week twice a year, and my family goes skiing in Vermont. We’re trying to make Treasure Beach in Jamaica an annual trip — our good friends own Jakes Hotel, and it’s amazing there.

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Minnow Lane. Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Where I buy gifts: For the kids: Minnow Lane and Momo’s Treehouse. For my wife: jewelry from Milner Jewelers, Eli Niv Jewelry and Halloween. For everyone else: sneakers.

Published as “Sneaker King” in the February 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.