Overleaf – the gigantic Project show, held at the Javits center in NYC.
Owner David Matsudaira and buyer Kent Rogers at the Project/MrKET show
Our buying team is back from the NYC and Chicago markets, full of exciting ideas and cool new looks for next season! Some of the trends we encountered:
Lots of lightweight outerwear fabrics with modern technical features in the market. Designers are really bringing their game with waterproof, stretch, memory/recovery, and more!
While outerwear has lots of newness in super light fabrics, sport coats and pants seem to be getting heavier particularly in velvet and corduroy. Each designer had velvet and corduroy looks, and each seemed to be better than the last. Lots of competition in this department.
A key look at several vendors was the long knit topcoat/overcoat. Typically these were intended to be purely sportswear looks, worn over a sweater and jeans (or cords).
In general, there were a great number of full-fitting looks to choose from. Sweaters are getting longer and softer-fitting (particularly cardigans and crewnecks), pants are getting wider and featuring one or two pleats. Sport coats and suit jackets, on the other hand, still fit close to the body, which sometimes creates a “Charlie Chaplin” look – narrow on top and full on the bottom.
Stay tuned this week as we present more of our favorite looks from the men’s market. Comment on your favorites or contact our Men’s buyer Kent (Kent@butchblum.com) if you’d like to pre-order any of the pieces shown!
Super light quilted outerwear at Raffi
Gorgeous velvet 5-pocket jeans at Massimo Alba
Luxurious double-pleated corduroy pants were a novel throwback at several vendors, here from Berwich
Beautiful coat sweaters – oversized, and very soft – this one from Cividini.
Crewneck sweaters got a little fuller fitting and a little bit longer. This alpaca and silk from Inis Meain was terrific.
Oversized top coats, pants, and sweaters were everywhere. We loved this waterproof tweed from Herno!