Mate Gallery was conceived over a lobster dinner in Montauk two years ago. Ron Brand and Matt Albiani share a love for coastal living and the beach, and recognized the gap in the market for a shop selling cool nautical vintage wares. New York based fashion photographer Matt had a virtual vintage shop on One King’s Lane and Ron, a real estate broker in Montecito, suggested they evolve the virtual concept into a physical shop during that fateful dinner. The tiny 150 square foot shop is located in Montecito, California. The petite space means that the stock is constantly changing. Popular items include OP shorts, vintage indigo and Hardy Boys novels. It’s also the perfect setting and outlet for Matt’s stunning beach themed photographs, including seascapes and portraits of sailboats, lifeguards and surfers. Mate Gallery attracts a diverse range of shoppers, from pro-surfers to Montecito housewives. The Instagram account has proven to be invaluable, allowing non-local customers to shop, by giving them highlights of all the latest stock. Ron and Matt scour East Coast yard and estate sales in search of product. They admire John Derian’s style, both his Provincetown house and East Village shops. The vintage horseshoe that hangs over the Montecito doorway, a gift from Matt’s mother, has brought the partners tons of luck. This summer they had two Mate Gallery outposts. The first on Grand Banks, a schooner-turned-oyster bar anchored on the Hudson River in Tribeca, houses a Mate Gallery shop in the wheelhouse. And during July there was a Mate Gallery pop up at the Surf Lodge in Montauk.
1024 Coast Village Road, Montecito CA