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ANTHRO HITS AIRWAVES: In the ever-competitive retail market, it would seem a reality TV show dedicated to exploring the origins of the merchandise would be a great marketing advantage. But Keith Johnson, buyer at large for Anthropologie, claimed that wasn’t the idea when he was approached by Sundance Channel to be the subject of an eight-part original series called “Man Shops Globe” — even if it’s a happy by-product. “It’s certainly a plus for Anthropologie to be able to educate people as to why we sell certain things, but the show is really about the creative process and how we find inspiration,” said Johnson on Friday at a Television Critic’s Association panel at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, Calif. “Everyone wants to pay $8 for a bowl, but sometimes you need to see the people who are behind the item to see why it might cost a little more.” Johnson heads up the home accessories department at the Philadelphia-based chain (parent company is Urban Outfitters Inc.) and said he finds inspiration in almost anything, such as a book of 19th-century wallpaper he bought in Paris that will inspire designers “for years to come.” The show, which premieres Oct. 7, follows Johnson from London to Paris to Rio to South Africa as he scours flea markets and villages seeking out craftspeople. As for worries the show might reveal any trade secrets, he said: “We are always faced with people copying us, but we are a moving target.” Johnson was more worried about the impression his constant camera crew would have on his vendors. “I was petrified,” he said. “I kept wondering if I would look ridiculous to them.” — Marcy Medina

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