Joshua Kissi: Fashion Week at Lincoln Center brought sartorial mayhem to New York City. And while Travis and I were sad to miss the festivities, we were content to hop on a Las Vegas-bound plane during one of the worst winters we can recall. I didn’t expect to pack my suitcase again so soon after my trip to Berlin, but the opportunity to head out West was too great to pass up.
Hailing from the city that never sleeps, I’ve always looked at Sin City as an adult’s playground. Thoughts of thrift stores with gem pieces stayed on our minds as we made our first voyage out West. Imagine our disappointment when we could only find racks full of vintage costume garments.
The Project Tradeshow, the main reason for our trip, was an exciting spectacle from a consumer’s point of view. Those in attendance were treated to a sample of offerings for upcoming seasons by the brands participating in the show. Though the concept of trends carry a negative connotation in the eyes of some, these popular ideas still play a vital role in how product is presented to us. There’s something of a trammel on silhouettes and functionality where menswear is concerned. Still, the inviolable question that rang in the ears of everyone from those concerned with branding to those on the consumer end was, “What’s next?”
If you follow us on twitter you might have seen our tweets from great trade shows like ENK Vegas. A much smaller venue but filled with hand selected distinguished brands from all over the world. The small giveaway tote I am sporting in multiple images was produced by Will Leather Goods, one of our favorite booths at the show.
It was great to be accompanied by our affiliate/family brands and friends including The Brooklyn Circus, SirMadame and a few other select brands in Project 10. It’s interesting to consider that every piece at this trade show started as nothing more than an idea. Those ideas have subsequently evolved into full-functioning collections.
The opportunity to display your product for people other than your team has to be a great feeling. Early in our own journey, Trav and I took the opportunity to soak everything in. We got an inside look at what it takes to be not only be a reputable brand, but a company that backs strong product consistency that will ultimately speak for itself.