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I attended the second edition of Liberty Fashion and Lifestyle Fairs in the mist of a blizzard. www.libertyfairs.com
This took place January 21-23, 2014 at 541, 545 and 548 West 22nd Street in New York City The motto of this show is about freedom. This show brings together the most forward thinking brands and pairs them with the buyers that are looking for the newest men's fashions and lifestyle products in the market. The vendors I picked to interview had products which I feel had new designs on classic styles.
BROOKLYN HAT COMPANY
This hat company was established in 1898 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I had the pleasure to learn all about what is trending in the men's hat business from one of my very close friends Giovanni Cassinelli who represents this line in the North East. This guy is pro on the hat business and told me the company decided to bring 5 panel caps because they saw they started selling more than fedoras which not everyone could afford. With the clothing market being a throwback in fashion to the 1980's and 1990's they decided to bring back baseball caps which were a major fashion statement back then and retail for $35.00. Some of the other styles he said they were becoming in fashion were duck bills and Ivy League Caps. For more information look the company up on Facebook.
The company started with the Hip Hop Industry from the 1970's and 1980's in the South Bronx, NY as a sub-culture in the street. Currently Cazal is being worn by famous Hip Hop artist and movie stars. In the booth Bert Rosado (salesman) told me that the street culture youth in NYC buy the eyeglasses at retail from $45.00 to $600.00. They are made in Germany. The Legends Collection is 24K triple plated gold on the frames and is vintage inspired eye-wear from the 1970's and 1980's. To order call 800-645-3710. BUT FIRST GO SEE the collection www.eseyewear.com
Unisex jewelry which is oriented toward men and designed to have all the pieces worn together. Shane (the designer) got his inspiration while backpacking thru Southeast Asia. While there he asked someone to make a piece of jewelry from a sketch he did. He had so much fun with being part of the making of this he decided to do it full time. In 2011 he and two friends in Canada started the company. The line has an architectural feel that uses materials such as stainless steel, tungsten (which is the strongest metal on the planet) and ceramic that retails from $40.00 - $50.00. www.vitalydesign.com
EBBETS FIELD FLANNELS
Authentic reproductions in baseball clothing which is based on actual uniforms from 1900- 1970 that were mainly made out of wool. This line looks like like the vintage samples the booth had in it and based on research that Jerry Cohen (the President of the company) did. Everything is Made in USA just like all the uniforms of years ago were. He focuses on parts of history not known such as The Negro League which is an obscure league. His attention to detail can be found in the baseball caps which are lined in Buckram and the outer part made out of Wool Broadcloth which is the same fabrics the caps were made in from in the original uniforms. Some of the other styles in the line were vintage satin jackets, wool sweaters, wool jackets and wool baseball shirts. You can wear these clothes to go to a baseball game or everyday. www.ebbets.com
This line was a part of the section Freedom Hall and freedom is the motto of the Liberty Show. Cindy Poole designs and manufactures in Capetown, South Africa a line of small leather goods made in cow skin and bovine. She only employees factories that are women owned to do her work which is crafted by hand. Her inspiration is with men in mind but it appeals to women who like menswear and men who have a refined sensibility. Retail prices $100.00 - $400.00 www.iamthesummit.com
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