Wrapping up our week-long coverage of menswear trade show Capsule, is California-based label The Smooth Company. The Smooth Company caught our eye thanks to the low price point and, okay, male subjects huddled around the booth. Their clothes linger between fashion-forward and understated and will appeal to a much larger audience because of that fact. Simple as it may be, flannel always looks good on a man.
Sometimes we feel like women get the short end of the stick when it comes to footwear--seeing the sleek, comfortable, low-priced Fall 2009 Gram collection was definitely one of those moments. This Stockholm based brand actually weighs their shoes in grams, which then dictates each style's name to the consumer. Men's footwear is full of these kinds of fun games and insider-tricks and frankly, it makes us a little jealous. And don't even get us started on the matter of comfort.
Check out our pictures of the Fall 2009 collection below.
Thanks to a new design director and high end skiwear line in the pipeline, J Lindeberg is poised for good things in 2009. Something that we've always liked about the brand is the guy's guy inspiration that starts off each collection. This Fall 2009, for instance, the inspiration came from all of Brigitte Bardot's lovers, or, "Brigitte's Boys" as the J. Lindeberg team called it. What this allowed for were the most iconic pieces worn by Serge Gainsborg and the like, reinterpreted from the sporty, classic J. Lindeberg perspective.
One of the reasons we dragged our boots through the snow earlier this week to see the Fall 09 stalls at the Capsule trade show, was that we knew Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair would be in attendance. The Fall 09 men's and women's ranges were one of our first stops at the show and boy, they did not disappoint. For gals, think draped tartan blouses and frocks and super thin, utilitarian separates and for guys; collarless dress shirts in pale salmon and knit suit jackets with matching shorts. Needless to say, it was all we could to do to kindly step away from the rolling racks.
Yesterday, when we attended the Capsule trade show, we stopped by the April 77 stall thanks to their eye-catching Southwestern knits and Japanese salvaged denim. The French line puts out a capsule collection every season, stocked with these higher-end statement pieces, and then bases their ready to wear range on those looks. Thankfully, the ready to wear range (which, this season, included some amazing cobalt denim) is much lower in price than you would expect--think denim for under one hundred dollars. Check out our pictures from the Fall 2009 April 77 collection below.
We've just returned from the Capsule trade show where the coolest contemporary and designer men's brands are showing off their Fall 2009 offerings. Walking between the four floors of stalls were the buying teams from Opening Ceremony, Odin, OAK, and a slew of other well-known New York stores. Later this week we'll be bringing you some highlights from the event. Until then, check out the atmosphere at the show.