A Sneak Peek at What’s Coming in Spring '20…

Paris takes fashion seriously. Big, beautiful, and well-lit showrooms. Buyers and designers excited to see each other again. An energy permeating each conversation. A bit of sparkle and shine belying the normal affairs of aloof urbanity. Here were the great menswear designers, set up to steward the next season. This time around, they were painting the picture of…

The Unremembered 80’s.

Fashion is on a cycle, but it also evolves. Though designers often look to the past for inspiration, the best of them drive the subtle changes that define what fits the cultural zeitgeist today. New shapes emerge, linked by historical threads, but with fresh eyes and a bigger vocabulary.

Even many of our favorite heritage brands are somewhat less concerned with full reproduction today than with making pieces perfectly wearable - slowly tweaking icons until they represent their style and function even better than the originals.

That’s the goal anyway. Seeing orSlow in the showroom proved that possibility.

(Left) orSlow. We’re stocking up big on our orSlow favorites with some great, new colors. (Right) Lady White. Great muted colors with a couple of new styles including a crewneck sweatshirt that has been split like a cardigan and configured with a zipper and bottom cinch like a coaches jacket. We also spoke about an upcoming collaboration.

Universal Works. Great earth colors in all their tailored glory. Southwestern vibes for great, casual looks that feel familiar.

When we look back, it is clear that designers have sometimes gone too far and led the world down questionable paths (like shoulder pads, acid wash jeans, and geometric patterned, pastel shirts), but there’s still valuable lessons to learn there, as well as the styles hidden under those louder examples of what not to wear.

The 80’s (with some 90’s overlap) had a lot of good things going on for it; they were just overshadowed by the big, feathered hair and popped collars.

Yuketen and Monitaly. Great takes on classic handsewn shoes as always. We loved the spring colors in the suede and the nod to 80’s footwear favorites was in line with a lot of the inspiration we were seeing in all the collections.

Visvim. Held in a huge, old garage. This showroom was beautiful. Skylights throughout for perfect, natural lighting in a weathered interior. A very cool pairing with Visvim's often minimal approach to the American heritage aesthetic of their clothing. The footwear was awesome. Excited about the updated runner and the special release Shaman Christo sandal, which we will have at the shop. The collection is clean and the techniques used in the dyeing process are second to none - giving every piece a personal touch that has you wondering: "Is this art or clothing?"