Patricia Ann Parenti at first-ever SOCIETY FOR INTERNATIONAL MENSWEAR trade show

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By Patricia Ann Parenti

This is a brand new men’s tradeshow put on by Coleman McCartan, Vice President of Wainscot Media (publishers of MR magazine) that caters toward the business of menswear . This show was all about traditional fashion and highly crafted items from all over the world. It was booths with small collections of high end casual clothing, shoes and accessories. The trends I saw were relaxed dressing with plaid unlined sportcoats, linen blazers that were single breasted and unconstruted, leather and suede bomber jackets with sweatshirt fabric lining, button down shirts with small prints and cashmere polo shirts/sweatpants/sweatshirts/hoodies. It use to be guys wore suits to the tradeshows because it was a chance to dress up but now I saw most men in Khakis which shows me that even classic menswear is going more casual and sporty. For further infromation or to exhibit/attend at the next show WWW.SOCIETYNYCSHOW.COM

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This company’s name says it all. They have been in the tailored clothing business in Canada since 1938. What attracted to me to this line was the beautiful camelhair, cashmere and wool (fabrics from Italy) outerwear that came in classic shapes and were coats you would have in your closet for at least 10 years. This collection is about versitlity for different looks such as dressy when you need a long coat to go over your suit jacket or short jackets for your more casual days. As you can see in my photo the short coat in glen paids with a removable hoodie sweatshirt. Another versitle style is in the lower right hand corner of the photo is a 2 in 1 coat because you can unzip the coat and it becomes a jacket. Other coats have removable Primaloft fill (polyester) linings with magnetic snaps which are great for traveling to different climates in one journey because you can remove the lining for a 50 degree day or snap it back in for a 30 degree day. Prices $495.00 – $1,195.00. To purchase Neman Marcus and Norstrom online or Bloomingdales in store. WWW.CARDINALOFCANADA.COM

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I interviewed Michelle one of the partners and designers of this brand of Italian luxury sneakers. The company’s founding principles are”to honor courge” because courge is the attribute that moves us forward in our lives. “When we step in courge you live in the Culture of the Brave.” The sneakers are named after human attributes such as “courge resilant, free sole, prepaired to risk and individual courge.” All leather collection of sneakers including leather lined and substainable with rubber soles. These sneakers are made to last and aren’t “fast fashion”. To keep them clean use a leather cleaner with a conditioner and soft cloth to get the soil out of them. Men’s sizes 7 -13 and women’s sizes 6 – 11. Priced at $295.00 – $599.00 and the company ships worldwide. To shop WWW.CULTUREOFBRAVE.COM

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This is a complete men’s jewelry line made in the UK. In the lower right hand corner of my photo are handmade stackable beaded braclets with stearling silver, macrame and leather accents. Semi precious stones and beads that have natural variations in color are used. Priced $250.00 – $500.00. This is the biggest trend in fashion jewlery for men right now. Since guys are getting dressed in tuxes again and my vintage jazz musician friends are playing out in clubs again, they will all need shirt studs which replace those white plastic buttons for a more refined and glamours look. They come in stainless steel, stearling, gold, rubies and saphires. $500.00 – $3,00.00. Since men are dressing up they will need cufflinks. Some different ones this company has are gears on cufflinks that actually turn, roulette wheels for gamblers and fully funtional watches. Priced $250.00 – $500.00. For the younger guy necklaces with pearls and stainless steel, black freshwater pearls and pearls with an iridesent finish. Some other jewlery items are rare stone,, stearling and titanium cufflinks, necklaces that layer with charms, lapel pins, shoe links that go at the top of sneakers laces, watches, pens, tie clips and some ladies jewlery. Everything comes packaged in a beautiful gift box to keep your jewlery in. To purchase WWW.TATEOSSIAN.COM

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Founded in 1982 in Protugal but they made ties for other companies. In 2000 the company started their own collection using Italtian fabrics. The collection features silk pocket squares/ties and cashmere ties. The use of vintage inspired prints is prevelant throughout the collection. A unique tie is in patchwork using scrapes of fabric left in production. The ties feature matt and shinny finishes in silk. Prints are foulard, stripes, pasiley dot, animal print and plaid. If your looking for ties for children, babies and even dogs then look at their website because they make them. Since the new trend is to have your dog in the wedding than all the ties of dog, groom, best man, and ushers can all match! They also make bowties, cumberbunds and boxed bowtie/cumberbund sets. Prices are $120.00 and up and all made in the North of Portugal. To buy: WWW.VANDOMATIES.COM

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