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Buyers from around the nation are busy this week because the menswear tradeshows are finally here. Yesterday, Racked went to MRket at the Javits Center̵e;one of the six menswear shows taking place in New York this week. Typically dressier (and more grown-up) than the other shows, one thing we wanted to check out this year was “The Future of Men’s Fashion” curated by Michael Macko—the former fashion director at Details, and former VP of fashion, PR, & special events for men's and home at Saks Fifth Avenue. Featured at the geometrically-unique Vanguards gallery space centered in the middle of the show, Macko’s hand-selected list of fashion brands includes:
Rodd & Gunn/ R&G: Famous Australian/New Zealand brand that has been around since the 1980s. They have the aesthetics of Ralph Lauren and they have a full line of menswear and accessories—it's a classic heritage brand.
Number Lab: Former architect Luis Fernandez is the creative director for Number lab and his latest collection with Number Lab features sport-inspired looks with nautical stripes.
Isaora: Designed by the previous menswear designer for Theory, Ricky Hendry. Macko tells us that Isaora is the epitome of form meeting function. Ricky incorporates technology from Paragon Sports with his designs for his outerwear looks.
Stubbs & Wootton: Miami-based footwear label Stubbs & Wooton boasts high profile clients including the likes of Kanye West. They specialized in personalized slippers and espadrilles that are hand-made in Spain.
Strong Boalt: Amanda Boalt is the head designer and owner behind the new luxury mens swimwear brand Strong Boalt. Strong Boalt has a large variety of swim trunks for men that features whimsical patterns in pastel colors.
Miansai: Known for their innovative mens accessories and jewelry, Miansai's bracelets are inspired by nautical elements like anchors, locks, and knots.
Barbour: Steve McQueen: After making a big splash at Pitti last season in Italy, Barbour special collection on Steve McQueen is now concentrating on their Spring/Summer looks. As mainly an outerwear brand, Barbour creates S/S looks that incorporates their classic designs with lighter materials and a full line of sportswear.
Woolrich S/S 2012 Accessories: A heritage brand famous for its rugged outdoor wear, Woolrich's new line of accessories contains their usual line of dependable wool socks and a new collection of tote bags that are inspired by their classic plaid jackets.
We also checked out Ghurka Fine Leather Goods. Ghurka has always been producing classic leather bags and accessories. For 2012 Ghurka has created two new collections—the Ghurka Travel collection which features streamlined luggage and the Ghurka Heritage collection featuring a more rugged approach to their line of bags.
M-Clip is a patented wallet meant for men who hate accessories. The minimalist clip with its sliding mechanism allows people to store their cash and credit cards in a neat pile as the mechanism closes.
Bruno Magli's new collection of shoes ranges from classic dress to everyday sneakers. Priced from $200, Bruno Magli recreates their sneakers with classic touches by incorporating camel leather into their new line.
Smathers & Branson: Remember those needlepoint belts that your girlfriend/grandma gave you? Roommates Austin and Perry started Smathers and Branson in 2004 with the intentions of making these hand-stitched accessories accessible. Ranging from flasks to belts, Smathers Bransons employs highly skilled artisans from Vietnam for their stitches.
Reportage and photos by David Chen
· MRket Show [Official Site]