Herschel Supply Co. has recently established itself as an accessories brand on the forefront of the contemporary market. Launched in 2009, with a focus on backpacks, bags, and other travel goods, the brand has worked with The NTWRK Agency to position their products in all the right places. Showing this season at Capsule New York, NTWRK president Kellen Roland considers the show a success. “Overall I was pleased with Capsule this year,” he says. “Buyer quality was fantastic and foot traffic was steady. We had great meetings with existing customers, new customers and media.” With other accounts including Richer Poorer, Iron and Resin, and We Are Komono, Kellen is excited to see an accessory focus from many buyers. “Accessories are still a focal point for most retailers, and each of our brands had strong showings,” he explains. “Prints and mixed material fabrication was also a common theme.”
On the second floor of the Liberty show, a brand based in Tokyo, Japan, showcased a wonderful collection of brightly colored footwear. Inspired by the classic shoemaking methods and the history of Mexican shoemaking, Caminando established partnerships with skilled artisans in Mexico, and produces handcrafted shoes inspired by contemporary design. Sae from the Gravitate showroom noticed trends seemed less driven by slip-ons. “Loafers are doing well, as are more basic plain toe styles; slip-ons are coming after.” While there was some anxiety about showing at Liberty’s debut show, Sae was pleased: “The show was fantastic!” she says. “It was organized very well, and the spacious booth setting helped to display our collections comfortably.” A number of people commented on the energy of the show, and Sae agreed, “the feeling of the show was very positive and energetic.”
Now in its sixth season, Jonathan Meizler’s accessories brand, Title of Work, showed in the Vanguards Gallery at MRket. Surrounded by other unique and original designers, Jonathan was happy to be in good company. “While MRket is considered a more ‘classic’ show, we felt that the Vanguards Gallery was very well curated,” he says. “The MRket team was fantastic; Michael Macko was very hands-on from the get-go and we felt well taken care of. The layout of the show was open and easy to maneuver, and the tone of the show was both professional and creative.” With new offerings in their ties and bow ties, and a wider selection of sterling silver hand-cast cufflinks and tie bars, Title of Work is already sold in department stores and boutiques globally, including Neiman Marcus, Barney’s and Harvey Nichols in London, and this season saw more progress. “We opened new doors including Saks (for our formal bow ties) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.” But it was the printed pocket squares and scarves which really caught my attention. Designed using aerial photography, the pieces, printed in Italy, feature all manner of landscapes including a construction site and Icelandic hot springs complete with bathers, both equally beautiful from above.