My first curated board for the BPMW We Are The Market Pinterest is now live! I’ll be selecting images within the theme of color. Not ground breaking, I know, but it allows a wide variety of inspirational imagery. First board is Blue Dreams. Head over to the We Are The Market Pinterest account and check it out!
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The Penfield’s F/W 2011 lookbook that I helped this past Spring is now live! It was an amazing project to work on. Skip Brooks of Alex Grant helped was also a stylist and Fred Castleberry of Unabashedly Prep was our amazing photographer. Our locations were Rockport on the North Shore then back down through Cambridge and Boston. Andrew Ray of One Man’s Style came by during our day in Boston and took some awesome behind the scenes shots for us. Our models Neal and Madeline were fantastic and made the weekend so much fun. A special thanks to Skip, Fred, Madeline, Neal, and Andy, to the Penfield team, and of course to Steve Dool and the folks at BPMW.
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.
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!
Blanc & Noir impressed me with their ability to display historical inspiration in their clothing, without duplicating it. Inspired by the aesthetics and construction of formal, military, and utility clothing, Blanc & Noir’s collections enhance historical silhouettes with durable materials of the highest quality and enhanced comfort. I’m really excited about their new collection of selvage denim that will be available for their F/W 2011 collection (inspired and named after the Canadian fugitive Albert Johnson who was also known as the Mad Trapper of Rat River). The denim is made in the same factory as the well loved RLL selvage denim. I had the opportunity to get a good look at Blanc & Noir’s samples at (capsule). The straight cut provides a true straight fit without any snugness or billowing and the attention to detail, inside and out, will definitely help this denim stand apart from the crowd.
Oliver Clark was the first booth I spoke to at (capsule). It could have been because they were incredibly friendly and had candy canes. Or it could have been the fact that I couldn’t walk past their pair of red oxfords without audibly ooing and awwing. Designer and founder Clark Butterfield (even his name sounds like it’s destined for footwear fame) has designed a beautiful collection of boots and oxfords in rich hues such as the aforementioned red, olive, grey, and black. The Oliver Clark collection also comes in unisex sizing, which was music to my ears. I’m looking forward to seeing this brand grow.