After months of planning and careful preparation, of an inestimable number of man hours and so many moving parts including the 400+ brands signed on to show, the new MOVE section in conjunction with Equinox, and an unprecedented number of journalists confirmed to attend from major publications like GQ, Men’s Health, and WWD, only the unthinkable could possibly derail the FW16 edition of New York MRket, like a natural disaster perhaps, or maybe the worst snow storm in a decade, and very nearly the worst snow storm since records began (0.1″ shy of the 26.9″ record set in Central Park in 2006, to be exact).
But we in the menswear business are nothing if not tenacious, a resilient, battle-hardened bunch that would never sweat the small stuff, like say, the 5,000 canceled flights, or the vehicle ban imposed by DeBlasio, threatening to arrest anyone caught driving on the city streets after 2.30pm on ‘Saturday’, or as we call it, ‘Set Up’. Despite the assault course of impossible complications, of 400+ exhibitors, only five were not present and correct on the show floor for Sunday’s start, and of the Made In Italy section, supported each season by the Italian Trade Commission, every brand except one made it in. To call that turnout impressive would be the understatement of well, the decade.
The Made In Italy section was stronger than ever, and the best collection of Italian brands at any of the major men’s trade shows by far. As the world knows well, Made In Italy is synonymous with the highest levels of quality, construction, and innovation with some of the best fabrics and leathers in the world. And perhaps most notably this season, those leathers were combined with those fabrics in standout mixed media pieces in many of the Italian offerings. Some of my personal picks below.