Our Legacy have stepped firmly into the footwear realm this spring with some great looking suede oxfords and wingtips. While there is no denying the look and style of the shoes online, I had to be slightly skeptical on how well made the shoes were, as they retail for a pretty good price and most footwear this style is best done by traditional bands. The shoes are made in Portugal and I had a nice look at the these fall models at Capsule LV this week. The leather uppers felt really nice on both shoes, and they even felt really good on my foot. I am a 42 in Common Projects and these fit me in a 43 for those of you looking for a size reference. The bottom of the sole seemed quite slick, and unlike the more subtle leather sole which normally would need to be brought to the cobbler. I'm not sure if they have finished the bottom with something more durable, or if it's the slightly cheaper materials put together in Portugal. I wasn't blown away by the quality, but I was far from disappointed. I think the shoes look and feel great, so for the price they are a great option. There is also going to be a boot for the fall, but we'll have to wait to see that one.
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...gets blogged and shows up in stores 6 months later. I wasn't fully planning on going to Vegas this season, but a couple nice opportunities are making the trip worth while. I'm about to head for the plane, so the next couple days will be reporting from one of the weirdest cities in the world. With so many trade-shows going on, I'll have to keep it quite focused and will be spending more of my time at Capsule. I will be there talking to designers, retailers, doing a little bit of buying and offering what I can to the show. I've also a recently been added to the Board of Advisers for Capsule, so excuse the bias. Just kidding, I'll also be dropping by GUILD and Project for a couple meetings and to look at some cloths.
As some of you readers might have picked up on, I am in New York for a short, but productive trip. First off I have to apologize for any lull in blog posts but I am trying to keep up. I spent the day walking around a lot of the Soho and West Village enjoying the delightful feeling of a frozen face. At least the ground was dry, I guess. It was nice to check out the new editions to the city such as Rag & Bone but I have to still track down the J Crew and Thom Brown shop in the next couple days. I have some pretty exciting meetings in the next couple of days which will help determine and direct the next few months of h(y)r collective. I am excited to report back the progress as well as a couple Capsule updates starting Monday so stay tuned for some previews of whats to come for fall. In the meantime, everything in this city is 50-80% off. It's crazy. Nom de Guerre, Odin, Rag & Bone and Union all have notable sales with some great items. I didn't have a ton of luck finding my size in a lot of things I wanted but the search will continue and I doubt I'll leave empty handed.
Capsule has grown quickly in it's short history. This year will be the first that the show will take place in the three major trade show zones; Paris, New York and Las Vegas. Each event will house a slightly different list of brands from Nom de Guerre to Our Legacy to Redwing. The shows intimate feel and personal approach has helped build great relationships between buyers and designers. Allowing people to really get a feel for a brand and the collections allows designers to grow themselves. It helps retailers get behind brands more and support them, and in turn, sell us the best offerings. Capsule has proven so far to be a success and should look forward to a big year. I plan on making it to the New York edition of the show in just less than two weeks and should be able to give a reasonable report on how things are from the ground so look forward to that shortly.