Musings on the Market, Spring 2011

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear

Last week's men's 2011 spring clothing market had us sorting through button-down shirts, colorful crewnecks, plain-front pants, narrow ties, regimental stripes, tartan plaids, madras and seersucker fabrics, penny loafers and, yes, saddle oxfords. Clearly, what we have here is a resurgence of interest in the traditional American men's style known as "Ivy League". For those of you born too late to have experienced this style firsthand here's a quick history: Ivy League is what those irrepressible (and elite) American college boys were wearing circa 1930-1965 to make sure they didn't look too much like their fathers. Whereas Father (or maybe...

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Sidewalk catwalk

Designers What to Wear

Except for the rolling racks of clothing being shuttled along the sidewalks and across intersections, New York's historic Garment District usually looks deceptively like any other high-energy part of this high-energy city. Not so this summer. A group of talented New York designers have taken their creativity to the street presenting a "Sidewalk Catwalk" display of individually and remarkably dressed mannequins posed runway-style along Broadway between Herald Square and Times Square. Glimpsing this parade of what-to-wear ideas, experiments and statements, tourists, business people, and locals alike get an on-site peek at what the Garment District, now on the city's endangered...

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What's Eco-Friendly? Breanish Tweed.

Designers Miscellaneous What to Wear

  A young man recently explained his plight: due to marry soon, he was looking for a suit both appropriate for the occasion and eco-friendly so as to reflect his dedication to environmental concerns.   We did some research and found that hemp produces the most eco-friendly fabric widely available because no pesticides are needed to grow it. Unfortunately, hemp is too soft to tailor well, so experienced tailors won't use it for suits.   Cotton, if certified organic, would work, but we haven't been able to find it anywhere yet in a suiting weight. And uncertified cotton is an...

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