Las Vegas show preview

by Harry Sheff

How many times have we heard retailers moan that “there’s nothing new in the market?” So we asked Capsule, MRket and Project to tell us about a few new exhibitors at the Las Vegas shows. Check them out below.


Capsule runs from Tuesday, February 19 (10am-7pm) to Wednesday, February 20 (10am-6pm) at The Sands Expo Center, Hall G.

Previewed here are Cash Ca, Reigning Champ and Gilded Age.

Cash Ca: Knitwear veterans Peter Swithenbank, Derek Hartop, and Craig Alexander teamed up in 1999 to create a high-quality, ethical and eco-friendly company called Cash Ca. The UK-based brand offers an array of knits in cashmere, cashmere blends, cotton and silk. In 2010, they launched their men’s cashmere collection with the help of Japanese heavyweight Kazuki Kuraishi.
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Reigning Champ: In the words of designer Kenta Goto, Reigning Champ is not a collections-based brand, but rather a product-based brand that offers unique knitwear in timeless styles. Goto and brand director Craig Atkinson are known as the Kings of Fleece—everything is handmade in Vancouver with an emphasis on fit and durability. It’s that attention [to detail] and quality that separates Reigning Champ’s cardigans, jackets, T-shirts and hoodies from the rest.
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Gilded Age: Stefan Miljanic is the principal designer and creative director for Gilded Age, a men’s and women’s casual luxury lifestyle brand. For fall 2013, he was inspired by the “future world.” Collection highlights include leather jackets (from vintage leathers) and the new Annuit Coeptis collection made from Japanese denim. Photo by Nando
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MRket: Vanguards Gallery

MRket starts on Monday, February 18 (9am-6:30pm with a beer and wine reception at 5pm). The show runs 9am-6pm Tuesday, February 19 and 9am-3pm Wednesday, February 20 at the Venetian Hotel.

Previewed here from MRket’s Vanguards Gallery are J.Ploenes, Circle of Gentlemen, Nine in the Morning, Blue Claw and Well Bred. From MRket: Flynt.

J.Ploenes: This 70-year-old German neckwear and scarf brand manufactures in Germany. Look for their ccp|slim line of skinny ties in silk, wool and cotton.
Top retailers: Sid Mashburn, H. Stockton, JFL, Evolution
Price points (wholesale): ties from $35 to $40, bow ties $22, scarves $39 to $65
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Circle of Gentlemen: Based in the Netherlands, this sportswear collection was built around a high-collared, three-button cuff shirt.
Top retailers: Syd Jerome, Avant for Men, J. Novachis, Godfreys, Khaki’s of Carmel
Price points (retail): sport jackets $650 to $875, shirts $210 to $275, suits $995 to $1,195, trousers $250, accessories $55 to $195, knits $225 to $420
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Nine in the Morning: This denim-focused line was founded in Italy in 2009 by the brothers Alessandro and Umberto Vendramin and is made in the factory their grandmother founded 30 years ago.
Top retailers: American Rag, Fred Segal, Atrium
Price points (wholesale): $90 to $135 for Italian and Japanese denim, $95 to $110 for non-denim items
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Blue Claw: Inspired by a trip across Argentina, the Maryland-based founders of Blue Claw developed a collection of stylish and rugged luggage. All bags are made in the USA.
Top retailers: Martinpatrick3, Ball & Buck, Paul Simon, Sands Point Shop
Price points (retail): $62 to $298 for the classic collection and $75 to $375 for the urban collection
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Well Bred: Men’s shoes and boots, all made in America out of American materials and based in Rochester, Minnesota.
Top retailers: (new to the market)
Price points (retail): $375 to $475
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Flynt: Brent Kestin, formerly of Kroon, has put together a new soft coat partnership with Trybus Group, a more modern, updated style than he did with Kroon. Flynt will combine European fabrics with American attitude.
Top retailers: (new to the market)
Price points (reatil): $295 to $550
For more info: contact Brent Kestin at 847-948-5920


Project runs from Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Show hours are 9am-6pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 9am-5pm Thursday.

Previewed here from Project are Howes & Baum and Rodd & Gunn. At The Tents: Michael Bastian, Jardine and Kent & Curwen. From Project MVMT: Diamond Supply, Black Scale and Black Apple.

Howes and Baum: This NYC and London-based duo teamed up to create a new line focused around loungewear, but expanded into its first full collection this season. Howes & Baum mixes a heritage feel from both sides of the pond.
Top retailers: Loungewear carried in Equinox, first full collection launching fall 2013
Price points (retail): sweaters range from $200 to $350, T-shirts $50, pants $145 and long johns $140
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Rodd & Gunn: Rodd & Gunn is the quintessential New Zealand lifestyle brand. The collection incorporates sumptuous, hand-picked Italian piece goods, including a baby-soft moleskin used in jackets and trousers. A strong knit collection is headed by a colorful group of cashmere basics. Unconstructed jackets provide a dressed-up casual element to a man’s wardrobe, as does a stylish outerwear collection. Five-pocket pants flash subtle color variations when cuffed, rounding out a grouping of about 150 color and style variations. The brand’s offerings are further complemented with shoes, bags, belts and cold-weather accessories.
Top retailers: Levy’s, Aria Hotel Las Vegas, Garys
Price points (retail): shirts and pants around $125, sweaters $150 to $200, jackets $295, outerwear $400 to $500
For more info: or contact Rod Williams,

Project: The Tents


Michael Bastian: The CFDA award-winning designer makes his Project debut.
Top Retailers: Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey, Barney’s New York, Saks, Scoop, Confederacy
Price points (retail): shirts $345 to $585, sweaters $675, sportcoats $860, pants $385 to $675, knits $145 to $495, outerwear $895 to $1,495, leather $4,150 to $4,995
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Jardine: Former Rag & Bone founder Nathan Bogle launches his own line for fall.
Top retailers: (new to the market)
Price points (retail): suit jackets $825 to $895, slacks $225 to $250, dress shirts $275
For more info: Chris Constable:

Kent & Curwen: Established in 1926, the British sportswear brand is back with a modern updated collection that pays homage to the brand’s heritage. The relaunch will showcase a full sportswear collection, tailoring and iconic pieces. Mostly Italian pieced goods (Loro Piana fabric, Thomas Mason shirtings) made in Europe.
Top retailers: (new to the market)
Price points (retail): outerwear/vests $695 (for down) to $1,295 (for fur trim parkas), suits $1,295 to 1,495, blazers $995, sweaters $195/$245 (merino wool) to $495 (cashmere), cashmere cricket $795, wovens $175 to 195, trousers $195 to $285
For more info: email Sascha Beicken at

Project MVMT

Black Scale: This brand bills itself as a “leader of the dark streetwear movement with unique messaging about religion, politics and government.” The collection comprises T-shirts, sweatshirts, headwear, accessories and footwear.
Top retailers: Zumiez and Karmaloop
Price points (retail): $40 to $400
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Diamond Supply: A skate-focused brand that initially exploded in the hip hop community and has expanded since. They recently sold out of 50,000 pieces of a single T-shirt in one hour. Men’s outerwear bottoms, eyewear, footwear, skate accessories; men’s and women’s T-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts and headwear.
Top retailers: Zumiez, CCS, Karmaloop and Amazon
Price points (retail): $30 to $400
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Black Apple: The diffusion line of Public School (higher-end contemporary), Black Apple embraces the essence of NYC so much that this year they have a collaboration with the New York Knicks, found exclusively at Madison Square Garden. The collection comprises men’s T-shirts, knits, shirts, outerwear, bottoms and headwear.
Top retailers: Urban Outfitters, Karmaloop, Dr. Jays
Retail price points: $35 to $300
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