3 Labels to Watch
It's men's market week in New York, a time when buyers, bloggers and everyone in between make the rounds between the trade show circuit and designer showrooms to discover what's in store for Spring/Summer 2012. Valet traveled to ENK, Project and Capsule and found these three relatively young labels that you'll want to keep on your radar.
- There were 169 menswear brands showing at the Capsule trade show.
Rundown: Made by one of America's oldest shoe manufacturers—operating since the 1750s—these boots are washed and then tumbled in industrial machines, resulting in a supple leather and soft footbed. No breaking in required.
Price range: Boat shoes from $200. Boots around $300.
Standouts: Hardy Tanker Boots in black, brown and tan that look like they've seen a few tours of duty.
Rundown: Proudly made in Connecticut, this denim manufacturer represents its roots with coated brass buttons emblazoned with the state seal and a leather patch inspired by the state's geography adorn handsome Cone Mills denim. And they happily offer repairs and custom orders.
Price range: Varies depending on your order.
Standouts: A selvedge pullover hoodie constructed as a single piece without armholes, allowing more freedom of movement and currently being tested out by Hartford bike messengers.
Rundown: Founded by twin Brooklynites Shimon and Ariel Ovadia, the brothers specialize in smart fabrications, expert tailoring, and accoutrements that are grown up without being stuffy—shantung ties anyone?
Price range: Footwear from $52, ties from $85, shirting from $125, pants from $175 and suiting from $695.
Standouts: We liked the painted oxford shirts and unstructured peak lapel canvas sport coats. A white cashmere double-breasted dinner jacket (with mother-of-pearl buttons) also caught our eye.