In anticipation of its first ever Japan edition, which opens in Tokyo today (July 29) and runs through Friday, last week’s three-day New York edition of the MAN trade show featured numerous Japanese brands in it mix of 57 exhibitors.  Showcased mostly in a new ground-floor space at Industria Studios in the West Village, the Japanese contingent included 92nd Street shoemakers, Hirokai Kanai, Love Skull by Numero Uno, sock brand Marcomonde and Sage de Cret, among others.

Meanwhile, upstairs on the main floor, European labels and newly relaunched US denim brand Earnest Sewn (industry veteran Vincent Flumiani is now head designer and the company has new owners) wowed with impressive denim looks. These included a woven blue floral fabric at Velour from Sweden, a vintage-inspired jacket and a partially coated one at Danish brand Won Hundred and denim-friendly blue offerings at Swedish brand Our Legacy.

Elsewhere on the floor young designer Daniel Dugoff showed a terrific, colorful sophomore collection and the brother-and-sister team of Jed and Marne showed summery, gauzy shirts and shorts that they produce in Guatemala.

The female version of the MAN show, WOMAN, will take place in New York September 12-14.