Hollywood Trading Company leather Jackets
The Vegas Shows Autumn/Winter 15 Preview – Part III
This is the end. This final post here represents the last of our tradeshow coverage of the upcoming Autumn/Winter 15 season preview, including our friends from Clutch Magazine above. It’s been a wild ride but now we can finally say we’re done. Until next season, of course, when this whole circus starts over again!
Himel Bros. x Hollywood Trading Co.
Think of the above picture like a Venn diagram: Dave Himel of on the left, of Hollywood Trading Co. on the right, and that jacket in the middle. Himel did the asymmetrical steerhide rider jacket and HTC the nickel hardware embellishments. Dave was showing more of his luggage, which comes in two varieties: the luxe horsehide and Harris tweed and the more affordable buffalo and Army tent. His assistant Matt, was also rocking some early era Ande Whalls with seven years of fading.
The heritage lines in Europe and Asia have blossomed over the past few years, producing novel collaborations, historically accurate repros, and heavyweight denim. So it’s sad to see their native North American market relegated to a small capsule collection instead of a full line like their foreign counterparts. If Lee put their full weight behind the line and produced some real nerdy denimhead stuff like a certain other Big Three brand, it could serve to elevate their entire brand image beyond Kohl’s and Kmart. No complaints with what the 101 line has produced so far, but they really need more room to grow.
New England Outerwear Co.
The footwear options from handsewn stalwarts like Quoddy or Rancourt have existed for decades and will continue to exist for decades. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But Maine-moc newcomers New England Outerwear Co. are doing things a little differently. With their own factory and sewing team, NEO has been producing handsewn footwear (and some outerwear, of course) for about three years.
While they may be slaves to the traditional methods of construction, they certainly are not to the aesthetic. NEO will use every color and texture of leather they can get their hands on, often at the same time. Buffalo can meet suede, hair-on-hide, and chromexcel on the same shoe. They can and will make anything you can dream up, they’ve even made their own handsewn version of a Birkenstock clog!