Capsule Show Men’s, NYC – Spring Summer 2013

Earlier this week I visited The Spring/Summer ’13 Capsule Men’s Show. Always a feast for the eyes, this season’s installment was full of proven heritage go-tos and refined delicacies for the discerning gentleman. There was an air of confidence among many brands- those whose images grace well-appointed tumblr feeds worldwide.

The influence of ye olde tumblr, and the internet’s available outlets for posting street wears from Rio De Janeiro to St. Petersburg showed, as many brands aim their sights on the ultimate street look.

Vintage surf culture is definitely on trend for SS13- one of my favorites examples was Reyn Spooner. Their hawaiin/polynesian print shirts use all original patterns from the company’s archive in Hawaii. Shirts are under $100 a pop available in slim and regular cuts and a vast array of colors and prints to choose. Their allure felt genuine and timeless, naturally appealing to old timey beach bums just as effortlessly as Wayfarer-wearing fashion dudes.

One more point that I want to graze briefly upon is the concept of “cerebral style”- Seen below on t-shirts from Via Spare and Sunspel.  There is something intriguingly playful, ironic and self-defeating about these, like the “CREEPING” tee from Via Spare. Both feel odd, yet delightfully so. It is a funny place that fashion goes with items like these and a I saw more than a few examples walking around the show.

Reyn Spooner

Via Spare

Sunspel

Orange Crush Exports

Repo Brand


Capsule Show: New York Men’s

Yesterday, my good friend and confidant, Russell Morse and I headed over to 11th Avenue in Chelsea to have a look at the Capsule Show Men’s Event. What we found was a blissfully curated selection of some of the finest menswear brands in the land.

As expected, there was a heavy overtone of timeless and classically inspired garb. Yet the industry did not feel stuck in the past, it felt exuberant and optimistic. Often we found our eyes drawn towards bold and playful prints from an assortment of designers. Many toyed with feminine inspirations, refreshingly hinting towards a looser, more explorative and expressive direction to men’s fashion.

of notoriety:

Brooklyn’s own Oviada & SonsAriel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons with his spread and a gorgeous silk/cashmere double-breasted jacket

Sweden’s Our LegacyNot the greatest visual, but the shorts hanging on the right had a fantastic muted/subtle color palette that we were particularly fond of.

Billykirk 

212 local, REPO.BRAND. A true standout marked by inspired detailing. REPO’s website is also worth a look. super cool tie pin above and metal clasps on the fireman jacket below
 Liberty Cuffs
UK’s Marshall Artist displaying a couple of exceptional prints
Thanks to Andrew for showing us the Penny Stock and Vanishing Elephant collections. More prints from both
Velour had one of the best collections in terms of wearability with subtle styling and great texture. Also, possibly the best slogan
Great meeting Corey of NYC’s Parke & Ronen, here he is holding up a choice pair of hallucinogenically induced trunks
Inspiring and original footwear from Osborn 
Sweet bandana lining from V::room
and then there were the gentlemen of Monitaly and Yuketen, Mino and Yushi
Yuketen shoes
The alter-ego work of designers Jose Abellar and David Ayala known as Gilbert and Lewis. These shorts show great detailing, tastefully perfected inside and out 
weathered denim jacket, Closed 
And lastly, Christophe Loiron’s Mister Freedom. After meeting the amicable Mr. Loiron I have nailed down why I have such a soft spot for the brand: attitude. Honestly, it is just too damn cool. Everything- Loiron, the inspiration, the fabric, the designs and the garments, the brand in general. I asked Christophe if he had seen anything at the show that he liked. His response? He had no interest in seeing what others were up to. A testament to the Mister Freedom attitude and it exudes from his line: one-of-a-kind and exquisite. Kudos.
After all was said and done Capsule was a hell of a showcase: too many promising products, friendly folks and a downright good time. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to speak with Russell and me, and we look forward to more soon!
-Ryan Link