Las Vegas Shows: Editor’s Picks, Part Three

MR fashion director William Buckley on some of his favorite brands from the Las Vegas shows, including Vera Largo, Bosideng, Gents, Original Penguin, Noah Waxman and Barque.



Vera Largo

Established: 2013
Key people: Hunter Wilson, Beau Hansen, Cole Wilson and Chase Rodgers
Major influences: Coastal lifestyle, Southern gentlemen, adventure
Retail price range: Average price point for a sportshirt, $125
Current retailers: Mur-lee’s, The Finery For Men, Harper’s Shop for Men, Frenchtown Dry Goods, Anderson Beach & Surf

“We started Vera Largo because we wanted to look sharp, yet be comfortable…we really felt there was a big void in the marketplace for this kind of clothing. We are adventurous and entrepreneurial and have created a brand that not only speaks to us personally, but also thousands of young guys just like us.”

 

Bosideng

BSG

Established: 1976, launching in the U.S. for FW14
Key people: Amelia Pretious, design director; Dekang Gao, chairman and founder
Major influences/styles: The collection is inspired by modern global culture — a blend of Chinese and Western menswear influences from tailoring to the brand’s signature down outerwear
Retail price range: Trousers $190, suits $795-$995, wovens $180-$225, outerwear $498-$898
Current retailers: SS14 Rothmans NY “pop up shop”

“For fall/winter 2014 we found inspiration in contemporary art to stylish films,” explains Pretious. “The collection combines the aesthetics of East and West to create a modern, eclectic wardrobe.”

 

Gents

Established: 2012
Key people: Josh Reed, founder and CEO; Trey Alligood, president
Major influences/styles: Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, David Beckham, Brad Pitt. Athletic, masculine, minimal, clean, luxurious, sophisticated, fashion forward, aspirational
Retail price range: Caps, $38-$99; cashmere, $198-$395; denim, $198-$395
Current retailers: Fred Segal, Ron Herman, Scoop, American Rag, Saks Fifth Avenue

“Gents is a lifestyle brand that offers consumers the highest quality product with a fashionable and sophisticated design aesthetic,” says Reed. “We launched in November 2012 with luxury baseball caps and apparel, and a custom-build e-commerce web site to provide guys with items of luxurious, relaxed comfort and personal style. In fall 2014 we launched denim, cashmere and fleece collections in addition to the current luxury caps, basics and essentials.”

 

Original Penguin

Established: 1955
Key People: Adam Weir, director of design; Erica Feldenkreis, brand product manager
Retail Price Range: $59 to $325
Current retailers: Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Dillard’s, Von Maur, Original Penguin retail stores and www.originalpenguin.com

“For this season,” explains Feldenkreis, “we were inspired by the stunning mountainous terrain of South America for the adventurous man looking to venture the world with classic, sophisticated style.”

 

Noah Waxman

Established: 2013
Key people: Noah Waxman, founder and creative director
Major influences/styles: American music, Dutch design, Italian craftsmanship
Retail price range: $350 to $650
Current retailers: Eugene Choo, The Block, ToBox Shoes, Nordstrom

“AW14 is a meditation,” says Waxman, “on the colors, textures and mood of winter in the Netherlands, where I spent 10 years learning to craft shoes and boots and learning to love gray.”

 

Barque

Barque 2

Established: 2010
Key people: Gilbert Chen, creative director
Major influences/styles: Modern interpretation of American classics, updating the vintage look. Key materials: Ditsy prints, double-faced cotton, textured chambray, novelty sweaters (cable/jacquard)
Retail price range: $90 to $295
Current retailers: Stag, Nod & Rose, Atmosfere, Midnight Farm

“Barque is all about the modern take on the classics by using newer materials and updating the fit and wash,” says Chen. “For F14, the key items in the collection are ditsy print shirts, double faced cotton shirts, brushed cotton shirts, plaid wool vest/blazers, and lots of fancy sweaters. The color scheme stays grey and navy throughout the collection for easy mix-and-match and numerous styling possibilities. Sweaters are a big item in the collection as we foresee a big sweater season for F14 — cable sweater, jacquard, fair isle, chunky sweaters, shawl collar, baseball sweater and more.”

 

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