Karen Alberg Grossman on three brands to look out for at the Las Vegas shows and beyond.
Rocky Zhou is on a mission: to be not just the best men’s clothing collection in the industry but also a lifestyle brand. Partnering with upscale retailers for in-store shops, the line does well at Oak Hall and Taylor Richards, with other fine stores jumping on board this season.
Noting that the market doesn’t need another clothing line, Zhou has tweaked the modeling on his full canvas handmade clothing to make it sexier. He’s also edited down SKU’s to make it easier to shop, and has added beautiful shirts ($92 cost) and knitwear. But the real value of the brand is in the tailoring: Zhou describes Nikky as “the Attolini of China” at tickets like $1095 retail for a full canvas handmade suit and $895 for a sportcoat. Check out the gorgeous wool and linen Zegna fabrics in their spring ‘15 collection.
Left Coast Tee
Most exciting as always is their strong in-stock program of essential knits: $24.50 cost for a $70 suggested retail. We still love the on-trend high-V model but check out too their popular dress polo at $95 retail and the new mélange-yarn knits in crew or quarter zip models. These are the sophisticated classics that will help sell your sportcoats.
For those with some OTB left for fall/holiday selling: the reversible elbow-patch peacoat in double-faced cashmere is a winner! In photo, Gary Wasserman and Steve Sockolov at the recent MRket show.
From a niche cufflink business to one of the top dress shirt lines in the market to a full menswear collection featuring beautiful sportshirts and a carefully edited selection of tailored clothing (produced by Jack Victor), this line is a must-see.
In photo: Suzy and David Donohue created a beach house scenario in their New York showroom, great inspiration for specialty store shop-in-shops next spring/summer.