How many times have we heard retailers moan that “there’s nothing new in the market?” So we asked MRket, Project, Capsule and Liberty to tell us about a few new exhibitors at the Las Vegas shows. First up: MRket/Vanguards Gallery.
MRket runs Monday, August 17 (9am-6:30pm), Tuesday, August 18 (9am-6pm) and Wednesday, August 19 (9am-4pm) at The Sands Expo/Palazzo.
In 1996 Eric B. Sana founded Altered Image, an alteration and made-to-measure clothing business. In 2013, he rebranded and expanded the business to offer a collection of luxury dress shirts ($135 to $195 retail) under his own name. Now Eric Sana is sold at stores such as Hudson’s Bay, Townline Tailors in Vancouver and his own stores in Toronto and Vancouver. For spring 2016, Sana is launching two new categories: knitwear ($125 to $375) and jackets ($595 to $1,095).
Founded in 2006 by two “renegade designers” in Maldon Essex U.K., Dirty Velvet is new to the United States showing for the first time this August. The collection is rooted in T-shirts ($55) and sweatshirts ($85 retail) with original graphics that they describe as “strong and thought provoking, reflecting our slightly twisted view of humanity, modern life and the universe.” This environmentally minded company uses organic cotton and utilized ecological and sustainable methods.
Founded in 2014 by Sam Payrovi, Saintly Bags is going offline and opening up a wholesale division for spring 2016 (up until now goods were only available through the brand’s e-commerce site). Their American made, customizable bags start at $1,495 and go up to $1,795; customizable Dopp kits and laptop portfolios retail for $195 and $295, respectively. Payrovi says, “Customers can choose from a variety of sizes, shoe and laptop pocket configurations, leather, lining (including a growing variety of patriotic flags), hardware, stitching, zippers, and of course, monogramming. Our products employ high quality materials such as Italian and Brazilian cow and bison hide leathers, classic duck cotton linings, and solid brass hardware. The brand displays a luxury yet classic fashion aesthetic, without sacrificing even the slightest quality detail. Numerous unique details are built discretely into our bags to simplify our customers’ travel experience.”