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Drafting It | Abe Burmeister of Outlier

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How far are you willing to go to get something you want? Abe Burmeister’s search for the perfect pair of pants led him to start a new breed of clothing company, despite having no experience in the fashion world. In our final Drafting It interview, we sat down with the Outlier co-founder to talk about everything from his thoughts on the perfect work environment and what makes New York different to what it’s like diving headfirst into the clothing world after a career in graphic design.

Check out what he had to say in the video above, and learn more about his favorite spots in the greater NYC area after the break. Also, be sure to watch out our previous films in the Drafting It series.

Drafting It Series:
Seth Rosen of CustomMade | Todd Carmichael of La Colombe | George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers | Abe Burmeister of Outlier

A hearty thanks to our friends at Amstel Light for helping make this series possible. Savor complexity. Savor Amstel Light.


I have a serious addiction to this small sandwich shop in Williamsburg. The tiny eight-stool lunch spot, founded by chefs Caroline Fidanza, Eliza Schula and Rebecca Collerton, features incredibly fresh and delicious food made from simple ingredients.

378 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn |

Fort Tilden

Fort Tilden is a hidden gem in the Rockaways and an important place for Outlier. It’s a retired military installation that’s only accessible via a short hike or bike ride. Those who make the trip are rewarded with a crowd-free beach on pure, raw ocean that most can’t believe is so close to New York City.

Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens |

James Turell Meeting MoMa PS1

I’m typically not a huge fan of museums, since I prefer to experience works of art on an individual basis. James Turell’s “Meeting” in MoMa PS1 really resonates with me, though. “Meeting” is part of his skyspaces series; it’s a square room with a rectangular opening cut into the roof that utilizes artificial lighting on the surrounding white walls to emphasize the varied colors of the sky. Visitors sit inside the installation facing each other in silence, while reflecting on how the light changes the framed segment of sky as the sun sets. To me, it’s all about changing perceptions and that’s why I connect with it.

4601 21st Street, Long Island City |

The Fashion Center

This was the first place I visited when I realized I was going to have to make my own pants. If you have an idea to make any kind of clothing, the directory there can guide you to someone in the garment district who can help you turn your idea a reality. It’s an incredibly rare place that few cities can match. Hunting around the garmet district area can be hectic to say the least, but the good news is that many craftsmen there will direct you to the right person for the job if they can’t handle it themselves.

553 7th Avenue, Manhattan |

Drafting It Series:
Seth Rosen of CustomMade | Todd Carmichael of La Colombe | George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers