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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Things look different.

The Store

  This has been a busy week and thanks to our hardworking construction crew, cabinet makers and electrician we'll soon be ready to reopen. Things look different now. The shadowboxes are cheerfully lit. The ties are hanging enthusiastically against the wall instead of lounging on tables. The luggage looks very happy and rather proud of itself on its new, tiered display. Both the men's and ladies' areas now have new tables designed to house books of fabric swatches, sketches, color samples, and to allow work space where you can comfortably sit to put together your special orders. The ladies' department...

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Shirts and Jobs

Designers

  Unless you're a big fan of maple syrup, it's probably been a while since you've purchased anything "Made in New England". In fact, the once-thriving clothing manufacturing industry there has succumbed to the realities of globalization, union demands and economic upheaval. Jobs are scarce, unemployment is high and factories, once humming, sit idle and forlorn. We were so excited, then, to hear from an old friend with an ambitious new project: he's resurrected one of those sad factories and is putting it back to work producing shirts for us and jobs for his community. You'll like his shirts as much as we...

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Inside-Outside

The Store

  Not much progress inside this week, but outside the wall that houses the gate for the parking lot is now repaired, repainted and ready for its close-up. Oh, and that package that went astray in Montgomery some time back was officially ruled a goner, so the form bases it held have been remade, reshipped and received. There's more to come this week, we hope, as the summer sale winds down and vacation time approaches. Surely all will be complete before July 14, when ready-or-not we head to New York for the men's spring 2011 market.

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