By and  on July 24, 2013

Life was a beach at the New York trade shows — at least design-wise, as swimwear was a focal point for a growing number of brands. In sportswear, trends included nautical themes and earthy prints, like ikat and Baja, while sporty European tailoring added refinement to a number of collections.

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Denim denizen Scott Morrison’s latest brand homes in on the luxury end of the jean business. The collection uses the highest-quality selvage denim — many fabrics are exclusive to 3x1 — constructed on single-needle sewing machines using hand-painted enamel buttons and custom-made zippers. Meticulously worn-in jackets and lightweight denim shirts are also offered. And for those looking for something other than denim, the brand has twills, chambrays and corduroys. Spring also marks the entry into selvage chinos. Prices range from $265 to $425.

Craft Atlantic

This contemporary sportswear collection, designed by Victorinox veteran Pierre-Henri Mattout, is targeted to the traveling man. The spring offering has a nautical feel and includes travel-friendly pieces such as summer parkas, deck jackets and a quilted take on a bright yellow life vest. Fabrics include high-end nylon and cotton, and there’s liberal use of colorblocking and graphics. A standout of the collection are the printed polos using images from photographer Karine Laval. Prices range from $160 for the polos to $560 for the parka.

Ben Minkoff

With Uri Minkoff, brother of Rebecca and chief executive officer of the firm, now designing the men’s accessories, the collection has taken a new turn. In prior seasons, the line focused primarily on Americana and heritage pieces, but the offering has been updated to concentrate more on the urban man. New silhouettes such as the “man-velope,” are slim and sleek with clean lines and minimal hardware. Streamlined backpacks, computer cases and weekenders are designed to fit a variety of devices in a nonbulky way. The line’s signature detail is contrasting zipper tape in yellow and navy.

Founded in Paris in 1965, K-Way has become famous for waterproof jackets that fold into a small hip pouch. For spring, the brand has branched out beyond its classic collection — available in 12 colors for men and 15 for women in full- and half-zip varieties — into a variety of patterns. There are camo or jungle prints, ombrés and heathers, as well as an assortment of reversible models with a solid on one side and a print on the other. For spring, the company has also teamed with Versus Versace to offer a reversible rain jacket with an eye-catching black-and-white print on one side and solid black on the reverse. The print is also offered on an iPad case. The Versus product will only be sold in Versace and K-Way stores.

Rodd & Gunn

The New Zealand brand, which got its start in 1946, focuses on traditional men’s wear staples targeted to the outdoor enthusiast. In fact, its logo is an English pointer hunting dog. The brand recently entered the U.S. market and has taken a few cues from American retailers by injecting some color into its offering for spring. The line continues to be classic, however, with Liberty prints from England on the sport shirts and floral prints in masculine colors. Casual linen dress shirts and shorts shown with softly tailored blazers were a hallmark of the spring collection.

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