For those in search of nature's sensory delights, the concrete jungle leaves some, well, plants to be desired. But when it comes to flowers, Darroch and Michael Putnam are helping New York City blossom. As the husband-florists behind Putnam & Putnam, they're responsible for the most impressive arrangements we've seen since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, including the lush backdrop they designed for our recent Groomshop photo shoot. While preparing for the shoot, they were also kind enough to let us stop and smell the roses at their brand new studio in Brooklyn. Here's a peek inside the Putnam & Putnam operation, as well as Darroch and Michael's answers to a few of the "big if's" in life—the first Fit Profile in our new series.
If you had to wear one outfit as your “uniform” for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Nothing beats a standard black t-shirt, jeans, and chunky Prada shoes.
If you had a free ticket to any one event in history, what would it be?
The 1964 World's Fair in Queens, New York. We're always driving by Corona Park and would love to see it in its prime.
If you could transplant your life anywhere, where would you go?
Los Angeles. The sunshine, food, and general pace of life is oh-so-appealing to us. The West Coast branch of Putnam & Putnam is totally on the horizon.
If you could speak any foreign language fluently enough to write poetry in, which language would it be?
Japanese. Michael went to high school in the southern islands of Japan. He used to speak a bit if Japanese, and the culture and language just fascinate us. We are planning a Tokyo trip soon!
If you could give advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
Don't sweat the small stuff. You've got your whole life to figure things out.
If you were giving a Nobel Prize acceptance speech, who would you thank?
Not to be the ultimate cheeses, but we would thank each other. The patience, encouragement, and strength we give each other to run our brand and move onwards and upwards is something really special that we'll never take for granted.
If you could replace your non-dominant hand with anything, what would it be?
A super spikey cactus from our shop. It's not practical, but it sounds very intimidating.
If a huge meteor was going to crash into the earth tomorrow, what would you do with your last big day?
Two words: Six Flags.