Welcome back to The Buy Line, where we analyze how the new market forces of menswear—driven by the Internet and the rise of a more savvy consumer—have redefined where the intersection of well-made and well-priced lands.
It’s time for bold predictions: there are warm breezes, alfresco cocktail parties and possibly a visit to seersucker country in your future. When it comes to choosing your footwear, the obvious answer is a pair of classic white bucks.
The latest in our seasonal series on New York Fashion Week.
Mark McNairy’s cheekiness and deft grasp of next-level menswear were both on display today, as his runway show opened with a fog machine, had at least one expletive-riddled homage to an unsuspecting fashion editor and finished with legendary Harlem rapper Cam’ron traipsing through in a cape...
The Story: Club Monaco continues its #menswear crusade by tapping Mark McNairy, heralded as a footwear luminary in certain circles (for good reason). They make beautiful shoes together (exclusively available at seven Club Monaco stores and online). Your feet get handsomer.
Who to Channel: A young tailor making his mark at Pitti Uomo; an aging Tom Buchanan (these shoes weren’t popularized in America till the late 1940s); a tassel-wielding-expert burlesque dancer.
When to Wear Them: These are good year-round, with rolled chinos or gray flannel trousers. Just add socks.
Degree of Difficulty: Medium. The tassels add a dandy-ish flair to an already preppy shoe, so you’ll want to keep it in the oxford cloth and tweed zone—unless you’re bold enough to go full-on Luca Rubinacci...
It had us wondering why such an American brand would have to go overseas to outfit a sports team—especially with dapperness in locker rooms and postgame press conferences on the rise in the US. It would be a natural progression for, say, the Knicks to step off their team bus all kitted out in Michael Bastian—as opposed to the Detroit Lions, who seem more like Mark McNairy New Amsterdam kind of guys.
Continuing their week of revelry, last night the CFDA partied penthouse-style alongside Details for the launch of their second collaboration, the Weekender Collection.
Fashion folk took to the rooftop of the Mondrian SoHo, imbibing spirits from Japan’s Suntory whiskey distillery to celebrate the event. For their second project together (following last fall’s pocket square capsule), they tapped talent from 20 top menswear designers, asking each to reimagine the classic weekender duffel bag. And reimagine they did.
A hand-painted portrait of a WWII pinup girl donning Gilded Age’s bodice, leather handles and gold-pointed studs lining the straps of Simon Spurr’s, and a lesson in schizophrenic splatter painting by way of Yigal Azrouël, to name a few.
They’re each one of a kind, and will be up for grabs on eBay starting June 10 through 17.