As a New Englander, I have nothing but love for a great New England company like Eastland. Family-owned and based in Freeport Maine, Eastland has been crafting shoes of the highest quality and utmost comfort since 1955. It’s refreshing to find a brand like this that values quality and their loyal customers more than keeping up with the trends. Eastland’s Made in Maine F/W 2011 collection shown at (capsule) in New York last weekend included some heritage styles from their archives and some subtly new silhouettes. These new styles manage to stay true to the traditional Eastland shoe construction and aesthetic while offering some unique details. Like a high top version of the ring boot made with a stacked sole or a chukka boat shoe with the woven lace around the collar. I have a feeling that these styles will be embraced by Eastland’s customers as well as introduce some new ones come fall.
Daily Archives: January 20, 2011
18 Waits was one of the brands I was most looking forward to meeting at (capsule). Dan and Bill are seriously the kindest people and they ooze that certain simple man’s joie de vivre that their brand embodies so well. I first came across the Canadian brand when I saw their Native Son necklace and fell in love with it. At their booth I was able to look closely at other pieces of their jewelry collection and the knives, clips, and keychains from their antler accoutrements collection (all handmade by a 65 year old man named James who lives in KY, just one of the many personal touches of 18 Waits). Each piece has the look and feel of a rustic heirloom that could have been passed through generations before getting to you. My new favorite is the Talon necklace (shown in the last picture above). And it looks like we’ll be lucky to see another hat from their collaboration with Biltmore (one of Canada’s oldest hat manufacturers) come Fall 2011!