Gilbert Chen, founder and designer of New York-based brand Barque always offers a cohesive collection of sportswear, and this season, where they were seen at the Vanguards Gallery of the MRket show, was no different. With a first look at some of the collection, we shot a camouflage jacquard short suit for the August issue of MR Magazine, and were excited to see an abstract print version too. “Katwalk Boutique in Baltimore loved the jacquard blazer and vest, and are a new door for us,” said Gilbert. With accounts including Stag in Austin, Texas; Nod & Rose in Boulder, Col.; and Genterie Supply Co. in Lafayette, La. Gilbert has a line that appeals to a wide-ranging contemporary demographic. With the camo trend so notable last season, it seems its strength continues; “camouflage is strong for us, especially when it’s done in new fabric constructions,” Gilbert says. Portland Dry Goods was also excited by the collection. “Our multi-color patchwork shirt was very popular, as well as the heather-striped Henley.
Ben Sherman was excited to be part of the Liberty show, which took place at 82 Mercer in Soho. “The vibe and energy was fantastic, and created a very positive high-energy working environment,” said a spokesperson. “Buyers seemed excited and refreshed with the more intimate vibe of the trade show and were able to spend more time with each vendor.” With strong offerings from their Plectrum line in both new prints and fabrications, and brighter colors in the main collection’s wovens and fashion tees, the British-born brand also showcased their new denim line. “The launch of our denim was very well received. Also, specialized fabrics such as the Parachute fabric and special detailing from Plectrum by Ben Sherman had a great response.”
The Project Show looked flawless as always, clean and stylish, with a merchandised footwear section featuring such innovative brands as United Nude and Brooklyn-based Artola.”Being a fashion brand, we always hope for the hip accounts at shows,” says Artola brand President Olga Grib. “Project Vegas sees the trendiest buyer traffic, but the New York team have done a great job in enticing buyers with open bar, ping pong matches and great lounge areas.” Taking inspiration from Brooklyn, the art and artistry in the brand’s ‘fine footwear for men’ do their biggest business with solestruck.com, envishoes.com, and Blue Sole Shoes. “We picked up two new accounts, in addition to numerous contacts who are coming back to see us at the Project Vegas show,” says Olga. “Our mixed material sneakers, gladiator sandals and hybrid boat shoes received the most attention.”