Valentine’s Day isn’t a time for red roses, heart shaped balloons & chocolates for the KNYEW Crew. When V-Day hits in Las Vegas, it means M.A.G.I.C. has invaded the city. M.A.G.I.C. is an international trade show where buyers & sellers from every market of the retail fashion industry gather to showcase upcoming collections, place orders & acquire new brands & business. We usually spend the day “walking the show”, taking meetings with sellers & scouring the convention halls, looking for new brands for the shop. We made our first stop at PROJECT…
You’re probably wondering…”Who is Nick Wooster?” & “why does he have his own showcase?” Well, Nick Wooster is the fashion director for the online powerhouse Gilt & the former director for retail heavy weights Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. He’s all over the internet, impeccably dressed & recognized for his signature white beard, showcased on fashion blogs & websites, giving his top 10 trends for the year & predictions for next seasons new looks. Without question, people care about what Nick Wooster has to say. Hence…give the man his own showcase!
One thing was obvious at the Project Wooster showcase, it’s all about Camo in 2012.
Camo everything! Camo blazers, camo wintercoats, camo kimonos, camo footwear, bags & accessories.
Even different hybrids of camo were integrated together like woodland Camo, jungle camo, desert camo & digital camo.
Assorted patterns & fabrics were also blended together like camo & plaid, camo & gingham, camo & chambray, camo & polkadot…
Just when we thought we reached our camo plateau, we had to rest our asses on a camo sofa…taking a load off, camo style. Gotta love this sofa though! Neva wanted to get one for his Black Panda lair lol.
Whether it’s camo, animal print, tribal patterns or even paisley, patterns are a big trend this year.
Absolutely loved these duck boots featured at Project Wooster. Gonna try & bring some duck boot flavor to KNYEW in the Fall season this year. Hope you ready Vegas…
New Balance for Japan was a refreshing splash of color at Project Wooster & every colorway looked fuckin’ dope. Bumped into our homie Ajay Bouri, owner of Feature LV, & he just got off the phone with his sales rep at New Balance requesting these kicks for his shop. Stay tuned to our neighbors Feature LV for more updates on this delivery!
After we left Project Wooster, we made our way to the ILLEST suite in Mandalay Bay where our boy Todd Shimabuku was having private meetings outside the convention halls. We were all stunned by this brunette bombshell showing off her goodies at the ILLEST suite…
The hot brunette in the tight black dress, getting all the attention from the guys, was this custom-made ILLEST x Phase 5 Tactical AR15 pistol. Think it was priced at around $5k (don’t quote me) & only 10 pieces were made. If you’re gonna murk…murk in style (eat your heart out Nick Wooster).
Unsure on how to pose for the camera, ILLEST designer Reggie Sylvester pretended to be hard at work on his Macbook as I snapped pictures of the young artist. Relax homie…take another swig of that Becks!
One of the many (and I mean many!) new brands we have coming into the shop this year is Guns Germs $teal.
Here’s some of the great accessories coming in from Guns Germs $teal. All handcrafted & made with vintage/recycled materials & fabrics.
If you consider yourself a true sneakerhead, you’ve got to know about Jason Markk. This is the man who’s responsible for keeping your favorite kicks squeeky clean & ready to wear. The scumbag to the right of Jason Markk is my Skam Fam DJ Skratchy, a great DJ but an absolutely degenerete (not really…but kind of).
Jason Markk was showing us his new exclusive Jason Markk x DJ Vice Jet Set Kit debuting at CRSVR LV later that day. Enclosing the cleaning kit inside a Shure DJ needle case was pretty brilliant…love the packaging.
Another week of M.A.G.I.C. came & went & we’re all a ‘lil more damaged, as usual, from the long days & even longer nights. There’s some amazing deliveries coming in this year from our brands, new & old, & 2012 will definitely be a standout year for streetwear. It’s obvious that this industry we embarked in over 4 years ago has grown into a major movement & it’s an exciting time for all of us. Until next time Knyewtrons…Crooked signing out!