The small and tightly curated MAN show took place again from Monday to Wednesday this week at Spring Studios in New York and hosted 57 brands from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Exhibitors said that attendance had been good. “It has been great,” said Luke Goldstein, CEO of Proof Collective, a Los Angeles-based sustainable line that was showing at MAN for the first time. “A lot of people have stopped by.”
Maybe it’s because the exhibitor mix comes from all over the world and spans numerous different product categories – and tends to be more independent and originally creative than big commercial brands – but no particular seasonal trends for spring/summer 2020 were apparent at MAN this time. However, plenty of fresh looks were–along with several collections of elevated basics by brands such as Armor Lux, Jackman, Proof Collective and Merz. B. Schwanen.
Here’s a rundown of what was shown in some of the best booths:
OqLiq is a Taiwanese brand that uses functional fabrics such as Coolmax to create its cool designs that are often based on traditional Asian themes such as tai chi or Chinese lettering. Its creations feature contrast stripes, patchwork backs and curving zippers among other eye-catching details.
The previously mentioned Proof Collective is a relatively new brand started by two former employees at Theory, Luke Goldstein and Robin Chang. Made in LA, it employs only sustainable fabrics in its well-made collection of solid basics that includes tees, henleys and sweatshirts. It also has a trucker jacket in 12 oz. rigid denim (wholesale $110) in three colors: light indigo, medium indigo and black.
Preppy shoe brand Sperry Top-Sider is welcoming spring 2020 with new versions of its classic boat shoes in tan leather and suede and colorful striped and plaid fabrics.
Corridor returned to MAN with another great (and large) collection that includes plaid shirts with mandarin colors (a trend seen at other shows) and a group of different pieces in a vibrant blue palette.
Japan’s Setto Indigo Label wowed with printed camp shirts and denim jackets with red bandana-print fabric on the back and under the collar.
If ain’t broke, don’t fix it seemed to be the feeling at another Japanese brand, Momotaro, which continued to show jeans in dark, raw selvedge and a washed version with a back pocket decorated with two painted white stripes.
France’s Rivieras Leisure Shoes looks especially leisurely for spring with a blue and white woven slip-on and pastel canvas versions embroidered with tiny palm trees.
Swedish raincoat brand Stutterheim is suddenly all about lilac, a color it employs in an ombre black-and-white coat and as an accent on its rainboots.
Fred Perry always has great stuff but a standout this time is the North American debut of its Made in Japan collection that really pops in numerous hyper-bright color combos.