NYC Market Week AW14 – The Leather Roundup
Last week was Market Week in New York City, where thousands of buyers, brands, and press turned out to have a look at what designers have come up with for the AW 2014 season. In our previous post we covered the new denim on offer so now it’s time to turn to the next best thing – leather.
In just a few short years, Brett Viberg has transformed his family’s boot company from being known only by the hardiest of linemen and loggers to one of the biggest names in the heritage footwear scene. Viberg‘s are prized today for their top notch materials, sleek silhouette, and the hardwearing construction that lives on from their workboot days.
This new season came with a more explicit homage to their workboot days with this chromexcel logger variation.
A little history on the brand – back when Viberg was just getting started Brett’s grandfather made a trade with Portland company, Danner. In exchange for one of their workboot patterns, Viberg received one of Danner‘s hiker patterns. What you see below is a Viberg made off of that same pattern.
Brett’s also experimenting with a new segmented wedge Christy sole from Vibram.
Red Wing Shoes is sticking with their tried and true heritage models, but they are introducing a few new colors like the smoky charcoal harness leather on their Iron Ranger that should produce a deeper patina than their current black.
And they’re also bringing a few more colors to their low cut Beckman oxfords.
New England footwear company Rancourt & Co. unveiled a tweed wingtip boot collection reminiscent of Old England.
And in accessories, Tender Co.‘s old intern, Morten Kristensen, has struck out on his own belt and suspender line; descriptively titled For Holding up the Trousers. As Morten tells it, “I wanted to be a filmmaker until I saw There Will Be Blood, from then on I wanted to make suspenders!”
Well, Morten’s goal has become a reality. He makes everything himself in his studio in Copenhagen–hand awling every stitch, and punching out every hole. But just as fascinating as the methods of his production are the materials he uses. Buckle hardware is reclaimed from old rifle slings and every piece is marked by the same tool he used to mark pigs as a child on his family’s farm. His brand mark is literally a brand!
Maybe this all sounds great, but your pants are absent of suspender buttons, no problem! Every pair of Trousers suspenders comes with a set of ceramic buttons made by hand by his parents.
Thanks for checking out our coverage of NYC Market Week. Look forward to seeing all everything we covered and more this upcoming AW season.