Tom Wright Peddling Juice to NYC Fashionistas
Described as “the underground GOAT” by Supreme store manager and community organiser Aaron Wiggs, New York-based Tom’s Juice is the small-batch, cold-pressed fruit (juice) of 31-year-old New Zealander Tom Wright’s labour, Maggie McGlinchy reports for New York magazine.
“Tom’s Juice isn’t really a juice company. It’s more like a brand that sells juice,” Wright says. Though he started juicing as a side hustle in 2019, it became a permanent pivot when COVID-19 struck and Wright’s other gigs fell through.
No stranger to the streetwear scene, Wright had a brand back in New Zealand called Shark Week, and he believes his retail experience contributes to his business approach today, McGlinchy writes. “I think my background helps because I still look at Tom’s as a fashion brand in some way,” he says. “But instead of selling jeans and T-shirts, it’s juice.”
The corporate vibe at bigger chains is antithetical to the experience of ordering from Wright, who hand-delivers each juice on his bike, rain or shine.
Original article by Maggie McGlinchy, New York, June 4, 2021.
Photo by Christian Rodriguez.