Real Ludlow Guys: Mikey DeTemple

he’s a professional surfer/filmmaker, a chef in the making
and a Moleskine fanatic. check out some of our favorite
answers from this seriously cool Ludlow-wearing guy
(who knows a thing or two about hanging ten).
Mikey’s tools of the trade (clockwise from left): 6’9” Chris Christenson single-fin
board; Bolex Super 8 camera; Grain hand plane; 2-terabyte G-Drive; Rainbow
single fin; Moleskine notepad.

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
The amazing thing about my job is that I don’t really have a nine-to-five, per se.
If the surf is good, I’ll blow everything off and surf all day long. Likewise, if
I’m editing a film on deadline, I’ll stay in the studio for 10 or 15 hours at a time.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MOVIES.
I aim to make simple, clean and minimalistic films that will stand the test of time.
I film the friends who inspire me and always pick surfers based on their style. That,
combined with amazing waves, unique locations, great music and no distracting titles,
seems to be a formula that’s working for me.

MOST RECENT PROJECT?
My last film, Sight Sound, was released in June 2011 after two years of traveling
around the globe with a group of friends. There’s no story line, narration or titles—
the images tell the story.

COOLEST PLACE YOUR JOB HAS TAKEN YOU?
Some outer islands in the Maldives that are 12 hours away by boat. The surfing was great
and attracted some of the local Maldivians to come and watch. Amazingly, it could have
been the first time many of them had seen surfing.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO SURFING?
My parents met surfing in the 1970s and my dad was a commercial clammer, so
everything my family did was based around surfing, fishing and the ocean. It was
only natural that I followed in their footsteps.

BEST WAVES IN THE WORLD?
Most people expect me to say somewhere like Australia, but I really love the serenity of
cold places like Canada and the Arctic Circle. Walking through the snow and paddling
out to an empty lineup with snowcapped mountains in the distance—it’s surreal.

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Real Ludlow Guys: Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett

he’s a restaurateur, a collector of cuff links
and an avid tea drinker—plus, he can rock a
silver wallet chain with panache. check out
some of our favorite answers from this
seriously cool Ludlow-wearing Brit.
Sean’s tools of the trade (from top left): vintage die-cast model of a London taxi; cuff links; custom Tricker’s brogues; antique “Greedy Gulper” large cup and saucer; Leatherman tools (two sets of pliers with an extension and assorted bits); silver wallet chain.


Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett
restaurateur

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
Being in the restaurant and retail businesses with my wife means that our life is not run on a nine-to-five schedule. Part of the excitement is not knowing what the day might bring us from one moment to the next.

MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?
One rewarding aspect of the job is that to date we have had over 20 members of our staff meet their life partners through Tea & Sympathy (including me and my wife), as well as at least 30 customers. We like to say that the children from these unions are made of Tea & Sympathy ingredients.

ANY TRICKS OF YOUR TRADE TO SHARE?
Attention to the details that matter is very important. When we started A Salt & Battery in 1999, we found that the basic potato used by fish-and-chip shops in the UK wasn’tavailable in America, so we spent three months finding the perfect potato with which to make the Great British chip here in New York. This attention to ingredients has always been at the core of Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery.

WHEN DO YOU WEAR A SUIT?
Whenever possible. Sometimes at work it’s not that practical, especially when I have to fix a drain or an oven. I always like to wear a good suit on social occasions too (I have a reputation of being a bit of a dandy when I get the chance).

STYLE ICON?
James Bond—he always looked sharp no matter what. I remember seeing a Bond movie as a boy in which he was captured and brought aboard the villain’s vessel whilst wearing a diving dry suit, which he removed to reveal an impeccable white dinner jacket and bow tie underneath. The audience in the cinema spontaneously burst into applause, and I was immediately struck by how cool that was.

ANY HIDDEN TALENTS WORTH REVEALING?
I have a separate career on the side where I do voice-overs for commercials and documentaries. It’s something I fell into years ago, and I like that it gives me an opportunity to do something completely different.

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Real Ludlow Guys: Charles Renfro

he’s the architect behind the High Line, an avid reader of the
New Yorker and the owner of some seriously colorful socks. check out
our favorite answers from our current favorite Ludlow guy.
Charles’ Tools of the Trade: Sharpie markers, National Brand Laboratory notebook
and ballpoint pen, Stanley tape measure, Hot Tamales, Stumptown Coffee and The New Yorker.

Charles Renfro
ARCHITECT

WHAT’S NINE-TO-FIVE LIKE FOR YOU?
Nine-to-five is just a movie for me (gotta love Dolly Parton); With projects in China, Europe and the Middle East, we’re on call 24 hours a day.

MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?
The public enjoying our work. Everything we do is intended to delight, infuriate, enlighten, confuse, provoke and comfort—hopefully all at once.

RECENT PROJECTS
The High Line and renovations to Lincoln Center, both in NYC. Projects under construction are the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro.

WHAT’S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF/KINDLE?
In my bag right now: a New Yorker and Reyner Banham’s classic treatise, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR INSPIRATION?
Talk to cab drivers. They’re frequently from interesting and exotic places and are usually happy to share their culture with you. It’s a cheap way to take a trip and helps make us smarter and more tolerant. Plus, you don’t have to get vaccinated!

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWNTIME?
Head to the beach for a sand lobotomy.

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