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post #1 of 17
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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.
post #2 of 17
fantastic fantastic job. thank you so much for putting all this time and work into it. everything is greatly appreciated.
post #3 of 17
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Thanks. I'm glad you are enjoying our new content. Please discuss the articles we have up already. There are a lot more designers we haven't finished writing about yet, and Q&A's, and guest blogger articles, and so on. And there will be plenty of coverage of more traditional, tailored clothing and booting, as well.

We will expand our coverage of any number of topics as this project progresses.

Fok.
post #4 of 17
Brilliant idea, gentlemen! Thanks!
post #5 of 17
I will probably be doing more on other lines I saw at capsule and the showrooms. Not sure of the status for all these but I'm guessing we'll have something for

Temple Bags
Monitaly (Yuki Matsuda's clothing line)
Oliver Spencer
Universal Works
Creep
Shades of Gray (formerly Shades of Greige)
KZO

And a piece on Epaulet.
post #6 of 17
Thanks guys for providing an additional perspective on these brands. A job well done.
post #7 of 17
This is great and hopefully the content and discussion will filter down to the other subforums.
post #8 of 17
Very cool, even for us old foogies.
post #9 of 17
I love the Angel Orensanz Center. Friends of mine got married there a few years ago, it was beautiful.
post #10 of 17
Thanks you gents for doing this for us. I'm nearly convinced that I'll make it to Capsule NYC in July for the summer 2011 shows. Its a bit of a pain because the fairs are all happening, if not simultaneously, then one on top of the other. Capsule Paris was on almost at the same time as Berlin fashion week
Anyway, great job! I'll have a long, leisurely browse through your reports
post #11 of 17
Thank you so much for this. My bank manager is a little less thankful.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by shoreman1782 View Post
Temple Bags
Monitaly (Yuki Matsuda's clothing line)
Oliver Spencer
Universal Works
Creep
Shades of Gray (formerly Shades of Greige)
KZO

Definitely looking forward to these three.
post #13 of 17
again, thanks for posting these... and I look forward to future capsules being posted.
post #14 of 17
Shoreman - I'd really like to see Creep, it was my favorite of Capsule LV when I went and gets no love on this forum.
post #15 of 17
Can't wait for content updates, power to you boys.
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