It’s the third and final installment of our coverage of New York’s menswear trade shows. Be sure to check out our coverage of MAN and Liberty Fairs from the previous days. Today, it’s from Pier 94 (yes, again). Capsule and Liberty Fairs have come closer in proximity to each other in previous seasons, having been set up right next door to each other for the past few. And this time, they were held in the same building. Strange. Anyway, here’s what we saw.
Oak Street Bootmakers
For Oak Street Bootmakers, their classic styling and quality construction continues. Although there aren’t any new styles to anticipate, they will now be offering their indigo dyed roughout trench boot to wholesale accounts.
Meg Company’s booth is always the largest of the lot at the trade shows. This time ’round, the story is the same. We saw Monitaly double down on their proprietary Van Cloth fabric in more silhouettes. And they’ve applied this m.o. to their other pieces, using some really wild American knit fabrics on a variety of pieces including their Yuketen shoes.
Speaking of Yuketen, we always expect some of the most eye catching shoes at their booth, and in, like, 100 styles. Bull toe boots, furry footwear, and mixed fabric shoes are all there to make up a collection that’s a healthy mix of American shoemaking and Japanese flair.
Naked & Famous
Ah, the crazy circus that is Naked & Famous. You’ve heard of left hand twill, right hand twill, and even broken twill. But they’ve come out with what they’re calling a “diamond twill.” Hopefully, it’s obvious why they call it that. There’s also the sixth iteration of the heavyweight yet affordable Elephant series, which comes in a 20oz. broken twill selvedge. Cashmere denim, slubby flannels, more Japanese-inspired print button ups, there’s nothing too out there for the brand.
Oh, and there’s the “fuck shit bitch ass” selvedge denim.
Pure Blue Japan
Pure Blue Japan’s booth showcased what they do best – indigo. In particular, their rain denim uses natural indigo that’s hank-dyed to achieve a wide range of indigo hues. It’ll be coming in a jean as well as a few shirts. Also in their booth were various pieces cut from PBJ’s loop terry indigo camo fabric. If you ever needed to hide in plain site, but in a crowd of denim heads, buy their sweaters. If you get a lil’ chili, you can even throw on their super fuzzy indigo corduroy Type II jacket.
In the pants department, expect to see indigo ripstop cargo pants, 13.8oz. double black denim, 13.8oz. white x beige denim, indigo moleskin, and more.
A little ways away from Pier 94, Viberg showed their latest footwear in a private showroom (i.e., a rented apartment). Aside from all the usual suspects, they had a few surprises. There’s a combat boot that would make any Yeezy obsessive salivate, and a natural kangaroo service boot with a side zip for the Hender Scheme hypebeasts out there. And those side zip joints are the same as the overdyed makeups they made for Haven’s 10th anniversary, just without the overdye.
They’ve also been tinkering with sneakers after having acquired the proper machines to do produce them. So, you can trek the high sierras in your lug-soled service boots, or breeze through your favorite high streets in their soon-to-come sneakers.
That does it for this season’s set of trade shows. Keep an eye out in a few weeks with more coverage from Las Vegas as well as Inspiration as the trade season continues.