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Navy Suede Shoes

Navy suede has become a niche leather for summer shoes over the past few years and more stores are taking notice. While not always colorfast (warning), they’re great for pairing up with lighter trousers and sometimes faded denim.

Where to find:
Alden unlined bluchers at Leather Soul
Alden bluchers at Frans Boone, along with longwings and Tricker’s on a red brick sole
– Paul Stuart crepe sole chukka boots
Mark McNairy chukka boots from Bonobos
Mark McNairy saddle shoes with white soles at Bows+Arrows
Walk-Over and Sanders

In limited Sizes:
Tricker’s chukka boots and bluchers at the Bureau
Tricker’s wingtips at Present
Alden unlined bluchers from Tres Bien

Alden bluchers on the Plaza last, flex welt, metal eyelets.

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Mark McNairy saddle shoes with red brick soles.

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The Engineered Garments x Mark McNairy Boots

They arrived today, straight from Tres Bien. They’re solid boots and will be great for pairing with heavier wool trousers and denim in about another month or so.

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Très Bien at Pitti Uomo

The guys at Très Bien have uploaded photos from their recent buying trip to Pitti Uomo – check out the set on flickr and get some sneak peaks at spring/summer collections from Engineered Garments, Nigel Cabourn, Mark McNairy, and more.

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Pitti Uomo and Heritage

Florence Reasserts Itself as a Fashion City-State
Guy Trebay has a writeup in the NYTimes on the atmosphere of Pitti Uomo and goes over Raf Simons, Haider Ackermann, and Mark McNairy.

“There is a big obsession all over the world with heritage brands right now,” Valeria Caffagni, the marketing director of WP Lavori in Corso, which licenses Woolrich globally, said at the Milky Pig party.

“Like all obsessions, it will be done in a year,” she added, but that judgment may be premature.

Done in a year? It seems like they’ve been saying that for the past several years.

“The young customers we have now are, like, really hip kids,” Mr. McNairy once told The New York Times, referring to a new generation of J. Press customers, the same ones he presumably plans to attract in his new job as Mr. Suzuki’s successor at Woolrich.

Did J.Press really get new young customers? I would have guessed that they were shopping at J.Crew instead. Continue reading more.

Sporty Takes Over Traditional Menswear
Suzy Menkes also discusses some of the new colorful trends in the menswear that were shown:

Colorful, casual and cash-driven were the three “high Cs” of the menswear summer 2011 season. Or make that “high seas,” for marine influences were abundant, from striped seersucker pants competing with denim to the blazer as the No. 1 jacket.

While Pitti has always had areas of its vast trade fair dedicated to casual clothes and street wear, this invasion of Italy’s heartland of tailoring is symbolic both of the struggles of the last difficult year of faltering sales and the collapse of the U.S. market, and of the new feeling that fresh energy is emerging.

Continue reading more.

Update: Bruce Pask also gives his take on Pitti on the T Magazine blog today.

The rest of the show followed suit with the casual-classic theme. Vivid blue chambrays appeared in everything from casual pants from the revived ’80s brand Closed to casual shirts from Gitman Bros., shorts from Our Legacy, and even an unconstructed three-piece suit from Nigel Cabourn. White buck shoes stood out from their basic brown-and-black brethren as the footwear to have for spring. There were traditional takes from Church’s and New England’s Alden and Walk Over. Mark McNairy, the newly tapped designer for Woolrich Woolen Mills, gave the white bucks in his New Amsterdam line eye-popping soles in bright blue, green, yellow and red.

Suiting from Nigel Cabourn? Sounds interesting. Continue reading more.

Update 2: Why was it that only the NYTimes did any sort of decent coverage of Pitti this season? GQ and Esquire both did a horrible job.

Mark McNairy and Woolrich Woolen Mills

Just officially announced – Mark McNairy will succeed Daiki Suzuki as creative director for Woolrich Woolen Mills. Source: WWD and WoolrichInc.

The Spring/Summer 2011 collection will be the last one that Daiki works on, as previously reported by WWD.

Thoughts: Mark McNairy was a good choice and potentially some great pieces could come out of this. Questions: Will he keep the line true to its roots, or will he take it in his own direction? Will signature designs like the upland or Maine guide jackets be scrapped?

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Mark McNairy, in Free & Easy September 2009

Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills Roundup

For those of you who happen to be in Osaka, the Nepenthes store is hosting an “Engineered Garments Special Week” [more info on Honeyee] and they’ll also be showing off the new Engineered Garments x Mark McNairy shoe line. The tall wingtip boots that I’m interested in will be priced at 68,250¥ (which is not too bad…).

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And here’s a recap of stores with an online presence that have received SS10 goods in from Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills. It can get difficult to keep tabs on all of this, so I hope this will help you in tracking down a certain piece that you’ve been looking for.

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There are a few that I’m missing, but I’ll update this post later.  Note that I regularly post new things as they show up online on my twitter account.

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