In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tucker's Provisions creator, and managing partner, Kurt Matarazzo.
We talk about the creation of the legendary apparel brand started, a little backstory on Kurt, and what's in store for the brand's expansion.
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Born from a time when people shopped for quality, Tucker’s Provisions collects together objects and apparel that stand the test of time. If you like a classic way of dressing, an aesthetic that harks back to the days of cocktails and dancing on the weekends, sturdy items for everyday use and finding everything you need under one roof, Tucker’s Provisions will feel like coming home.
The Key West Insider’s Guide describes how Tucker’s Provision represents the spirit of classic Key West: “In the 1940s, what’s considered “Old Town” now was Key West. The scarcity of paved roads meant little, as few people owned cars. To get around, they walked, or they rode bicycles with no locks. They spent hours porch-sitting, kept chickens, caught fish, and harvested conch. On weekends, men in dinner jackets and women in pearls drank cocktails, smoked cigarettes and danced at the Cuban Club, while Tennessee Williams roomed at the La Concha hotel, finishing A Streetcar Named Desire. Across Fleming Street, the S.H. Kress & Co earned more than any other five-and-dime store in the country. Out of this confident Post World War II Key West, Tucker’s Provisions rose. Today, it’s where a wardrobe is still well-made, low-maintenance, and not about the labels. It’s where to find the perfect flask, comfortable canvas shoes, and wristwatch to rely on. Part general, part dry goods store, Tucker’s Provisions provides for fishing outings, beach days with family, first dates, and 50th anniversaries. It recalls a time when handshakes meant agreement, and all a person needed was the one place that seemed to have everything.”
Tucker’s Provision is further hailed in The Key West Citizen as: “In short, neither people nor their planet were harmed in the production of the clothes and other products that line the walls and fill the shelves at Tucker’s Provisions, a store reminiscent of a different era in a different town – before frozen drinks and four-day cruises descend on Duval street.”
The store is open daily from 10 – 10, come by for a free cold water and beer while perusing our unique collection and inventory!
611 Duval St, Key West, FL, 33040
Everyday 10am - 10Pm
305 304 5004