Men’s Contemporary FW2010 Capsule Roundup Publishers: Fok and j Contributing editors: Fok, Pete, Natan, Albert Photographers: Albert, Dan Chaparian. Capsule is a mens contemporary wear tradeshow, held bi-annually, in New York, then in Las Vegas, and then in Paris. In the past couple of seasons, we’ve started the habit of going to either the NYC or Las Vegas shows, in order to report back on what Styleforum readers might want to look for in the coming seasons. This year, we decided to open up this new section in the forum to provide editorial content that isn’t available anywhere else – up to the moment reports from tradeshows and runway shows from the point of view of fans, but not fanboys. The Angel Orensanz Center We flew, bussed, and walked down the street to our luxury digs at the Off Soho Suites, and spent two days taking photographs, feeling fabric, and trying on samples at the Angel Orensanz Center and the Puck Building – the second building to which the Capsule tradeshow had expanded. We also visited The News showroom, a powerhouse representing lines from our friends at KZO to Band of Outsiders to Common Projects to Woolrich Woolen Mills, Peregrine Showroom, representing Universal Works, 1815, Duckie Brown, and Oliver Spencer, whom we had to privilege of talking to, and Re:Change showroom, aka Patrick Goodspeed’s apartment, where Left Field, Self Edge, Real Japan Blues, Kicking Mule Workshop, and Sunny Sports are represented. Most designers were more than willing to show us around and let us ask our questions. A few wanted to save their big bang for their runway shows. A couple were afraid of industrial espionage. Note to the paranoids – an M65 in technical fabric is not that hard to rip off. Triple Works denim and Sunny Sports chambrays and jackets at Re:Change Triple Works denim Patrick schools us We also followed (with permission) the very bright Mike Kuhle and much better looking Adele Berne as they took appointments at Capsule, and then talking to Mike about the vagaries of the market and the art of buying for the customer at his store, Epaulet, In Brooklyn. Albert, Dan, Natan, Pete, and I (Fok) had the privilege of seeing a pizza of Americana, Avant, and “other” lines, and also the privilege of slaving away writing and sifting through thousands of photos, and copious notes, to bring you some of the more interesting news from the world of men’s fashion. Among the highlights were Yukuten’s meticulously handcrafted leather goods, Billy Reid’s ever improving southern style traditional American clothing, and KIN’s s narrow silhouettes and impeccable tailoring. We also got to meet with Styleforum members and friends at the Pegu Club after many glasses of wine at Patrick's (I was hungover until nearly noon the next day) Pete takes a load off I am apparently unaware that I will feel like crap in about 12 hours from this moment Personal highlights include seeing Albert beat Natan out of the free bed with a belt (Note to Natan – if you want to look like a ninja, please also learn some skills,) putting a rear naked choke on Patrick (note to self – fashion people have substandard jiujitsu skills, but cool loot, also, don’t spar while drunk), and sharing Natan’s truffle Mac&Cheese with someone who appreciated it (note to Natan – rich food is tasty, real ninjas love it.) The format is the same as other parts of the forum. The only difference is that only contributing editors and guest editors and bloggers will be able to start new threads. We do ask that you keep on topic at least a little more than we do in the rest of the forum, and that you keep comments somewhat civil (if you want to blast someone, there is an entire forum for that). But I want to encourage you to discuss the lines. At certain times, designers and reps may actually log on and answer some of your questions too. Please enjoy.
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