There are only a few more days until 11th Annual Red Cross ‘The Bash‘ (formerly MASH Bash). That means that it’s time to get your game face on. Where better than Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters? Each year, Buffalo Rising heads over to the Larkin District to check out the latest and greatest ensembles offered by Robert Geist, owner of Uncle Sam’s in Buffalo, Toronto and New York (you know, that place on 8th Ave right near Chick A Fillet – cheese fries and BDUs, what’s better?). So why go there? Geist knows what he’s doing – he was the costume consultant for the films Tropical Thunder and Saving Private Ryan. It’s that authentic.
When asked why he went into the family business – if you’re lucky, his mom Aviva, the original force behind Uncle Sam’s, will be in the store too – Geist is quick to tell you it’s all about the fashion. “For me,” he says “it’s about taken what has already been done, and playing with it to create something new.” Fashion is indeed his thing, don’t let the military vehicle and cannons outside the door fool you. While we were there, he got a call from Marc Jacobs.
Despite his connections to 7th Avenue, Geist’s prices remain the bomb. You can get cammies from Canada to Israel for around $25, along with a wide variety of topical t-shirts. Uncle Sam’s also offers dog tags made to order and any other paraphernalia you may want, with no questions asked. Still need the right outfit for Friday? Just ask Robert, David, Roger or any of the rest of the crew. They’ll have the perfect dress whites, WAP uni or junta-wear for the occasion.
Meet us at The Bash – just look for the redhead mariner (back in Buffalo), tall blonde in a MP riot gear helmet and ghillie pants, or the Scarsdale chick in “Boot Camp” booty pants.
Friday, June 5, 2009
8 p.m. – midnight
786 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
290 Larkin St, Buffalo