The spring ‘22 rendition of “New York’s Best Menswear Show,” formerly at the Park Lane hotel but this past weekend at the Park Central, was an auspicious continuation of trade show season.
“It worked out better than expected,” said show director Donnie Wechsler. “Naturally, I’d been worried about the reduced size and the diminished attendance. But everyone said they had a good show. And all raved about how well it was run thanks to the hotel format and staff.”
And some strong brands, including Brax, Vastrm, Trands, Derek Rose, Meyer, Recycled Planet, Johnnie-O, Emanuel Berg, Majestic, Bosca, and dozens more were in attendance.
Wechsler predicts that the fall ‘22 show will be at least twice the size. “But I won’t be surprised if we become four floors, and more than 200 vendors. What I have to do now is set the dates and get it on the MR calendar and list of shows. I met with the guys that promoted the showroom shows in NYC, and we plan to coordinate.”
Here, a few photos from the show.
1. Tony DeFalco modeling a handcrafted made-in-Naples linen shirt, $395 retail.
2. Sheba and Sasha Hourizadeh with their new Max Colton performance collection.
3. Donnie Wechsler showing Richard Choi’s cotton/Coolmax shirts (and wearing the weightless knit softcoat).
4. Grant Ward from Meyer with their exceptional golf pant, a hot item for spring ‘22.
5. Reynolds Flowe and Alex Whiting showing lightweight outdoor looks from Onward Reserve, including ‘Old Hollywood’ swimwear and some fabulous leather-trim bags ($225 retail).
6. In addition to his in-stock knits, Ross Veltri from Tulliano has been selling this Zacchi red plaid tuxedo jacket forever…
7. Ruth Graves creates traffic-stopping displays and beautiful accessories. Here, with haberdasher Brian Lunsford from Brian Alexander Bespoke.
8. Philadelphia retailer Les Schwartzberg with his (heir apparent?) grandson.