Just before Las Vegas and a bit after the New York shows, here are some of the trends and ideas that caught my eye in the market lately, in no particular order.
Magnetic collar stay entrepreneur and Würkin Stiffs founder Jonathan Boos is officially launching his Polo Stays product to do for polo shirt collars what he did for dress shirts. Boos says he got the idea when he was watching golf. The Polo Stays are a shield-shaped piece of metal that stays on the back of the polo collar through a long-lasting adhesive that’s activated by the heat of an iron. It will last more than 30 wash and dry cycles, he says. He’ll be at MRket LV in booth 496.
At S. Cohen, I liked the chintz finish wool. It’s a process that gives the wool a slick, metallic finish (unlike sharkskin, which is a weave). In stock as a trim fit suit in a range of fabrics for $225 to $275 wholesale. Patrick Chan noted that these shiny treatments are gaining popularity in Europe right now.
Ross Graison confirmed that trend, and offers his own version. His metallic silver (synthetic) one-button jacket with peak lapels and silver-stripe lining retails for around $495.
In a big departure from his usual designs, Graison is showing five-button polo shirts with collar and cuff detailing in primary colors. Retail: $85-$95.
Vintage cufflink specialist Antique Jewel Box is pushing vintage snap links this season. Caroline Finberg says she’s offering stores original ads for “Kum-A-Part” snap links as display pieces. Mother-of-pearl snap links, for example, retail for $225.
I also liked Antique Jewel Box’s vintage fly fishing lures as lapel or hat pins.
When I first saw the bamboo laptop cases from Oregon-based Silva Limited, I thought they were cutting boards. MacBook Pros fit snug in the lined wooden cases ($179), and the two parts are held together by leather straps. A smaller version for the iPad (est. retail $120) is coming soon.
Tomorrow I’ll be talking about what I’m looking for in Las Vegas.