By and  on February 21, 2013

The revamped Project show, under the direction of new president Tommy Fazio, segmented the market by category, including Mvmnt for young men’s as well as the show’s hallmark contemporary sportswear offerings. The Tents @ Project, an innovative collection of elevated brands showcased in a hangar-style white tent outside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, generated a lot of buzz by bringing together some of the market’s trendsetting labels in a trade show setting for the first time. MRket, at The Venetian, offered a wide variety of more traditional labels in an intimate, retailer-friendly location. Here are a few of the standouts.

PROJECT

Robert Graham

The label is expanding into a true lifestyle collection as it branches out beyond its roots as a woven shirt brand. Quilted outerwear, one of the primary trends of the season, is a key look for fall, as is the brand’s X collection of slimmer silhouettes that help it capture a younger, more relaxed attitude while still remaining true to its roots.

Ben Sherman
The British brand, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, brought its elevated Plectrum collection to Project. The playful mix of prints and bright colors in everything from sport shirts and pants to knitwear and outerwear elevated the collection without letting go of its classic British style.

Randa

Neckwear is making a comeback with paisleys, a men’s wear staple that feels very of the moment, among the most popular prints. Here, Randa offers the pattern under its Geoffrey Beene label, accessorized with embellished tie bars.

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Howes & Baum
Inspired by a family of loggers in upstate New York, the second collection from Howes & Baum blends American heritage pieces such as long johns, with one of the season’s strongest trends, graphic prints, shown here in a cashmere cardigan.

Tandy Brands
Sperry Top-Sider accessories at Tandy Brands featured two-tone coated canvas bags and other leather accessories. The offering’s nautical theme with its embossed anchor prints and water-resistant properties ensured the selection remained true to the brand’s heritage.

Rogue
Building on its key business in biker-inspired leather jackets, Rogue added a dedicated program in denim for fall, with details such as darts, leather trim and zippered pockets that reference its jackets.

Dockers

Dockers expanded its Alpha fit program, which offers a jeans sensibility in chinos, into two new fits — one skinnier and one roomier than the original — and also into denim-friendly shirts, knits and jackets. Beyond chinos, Alpha styles are now available in corduroys, cargos and even herringbone fabrics.

Dr. Martens

British brogue styles in a coated Millerain fabric with leather accents spoke to the brand’s English heritage but in an updated manner, with innovative contemporary patterns such as plaids and camos.

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