Let me tell you, it was a rough trip. View from my hotel room. /lifestyle Words and photos by Pete Anderson Last trip to NY, I--poor unfortunate soul that I am--was holed up in the Standard. While merely floors above me, models lounged around submitting negative Yelp reviews of the rooftop bar, I hung out in my room pressing hams for the tourists on the High Line. On breaks, I wandered around Meatpacking and the West Village. On my way to brunch at Minetta Tavern, I noticed a sign for the Atlas Showroom's MAN show. I had a lot of appointments booked for SF coverage but the MAN show was not one of them. After putting away some "ham in hay" and duck hash from Minetta, I strolled back to toward the hotel and decided to drop in on the show. On the floor I ran into Hannes and Simon Hogeman, on a buying/leisure trip for Tres Bien Shop, who had just been browsing the high-ceilinged, skylit Industria Superstudio, where their associates from Our Legacy were showing off OL spring 2013. Much more low-key than Capsule, which this season sprawled across a dozen or more courts at Basketball City, the MAN show felt more intimate, even if it buzzed a little less. The best of MAN to me were the Scandinavian pair of Our Legacy and Hope, two lines that have had time time to mature in the last couple of years and which season to season offer reliably well-cut European standards (i.e., looser knits, tapered pants) but still manage to surprise a little with every collection. Hope, who have a very successful women's line of art-school-appropriate, restrained clothing, showed columnar tailoring in fine wools, but more interesting were a spattered, band collar shirt, an aggressive rider's jacket, and washed leather accessories. Spring in Sweden looks like it's a lot more comfortable than spring where I call home, south of the Mason Dixon line. Go ahead, stretch out those shoulders. It's the look. (3) The washed leather electronics cases and portfolios were rad. Against the quiet palette of the collection, this shirt stood out as a layering piece with personality. Our Legacy had the “great sweats,” chinos, and other staples that have become gateway drugs to the brand for men worldwide, but like for the last few years OL's stuff is more intriguing when it gets less Ikea-esque in its basicness. From one rack a sweatshirt smiled at me. Glittery trainers like Airwalk's old jim shoes made the other new sneaker models look even more sophisticated. Our Legacy's tailoring has always been extra casual, like the idea of tailored clothing for people who will never care what “sleeve pitch” means, but this season's looked closer to tradition than before. We've come to expect great fabrics from OL, and acid dye shirts and woven patterns took up that theme for next spring. A subtle McNairy influence? Nicely done 4x2 db. No dress shoes here, just track shoe and tennis style trainers.