Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about stuff you can’t get your hands on for six months to a year—so we usually hit menswear market week with a notebook and a calendar, with the intention of giving you the scoop on our favorite finds once they’re available. But you might have noticed a few behind-the-scenes photos from the trade room floors floating around the Internet this past week. So, even if it’s too early to talk specifics, it's an opportunity to take the pulse of next year’s trends. And here are the four major details we noticed that kept popping up—on recaps, display racks and the #menswear faithful in attendance.
Kempt compatriot and American hero Michael Williams (better known as the man behind A Continuous Lean) is out in Vegas for the Project trade show. Things got a bit weird, but he managed to file the following dispatch for Kempt. Godspeed, Michael!
Being in the apparel business, coming to Las Vegas trade shows are a necessary evil. The adventure begins at the airport when you see twenty people you know load in to what is endearingly referred to as the "garmento express," a plane where you can't walk to the bathroom without hearing someone say "feel this quality." Once you arrive and get yourself settled in, the ping pinging of the slot machines gives way to the soft embrace of convention center fluorescent lights.