Menswear’s Warm + Fuzzies

Menswear feels all warm and fuzzy these days. The “softer,” more natural and organic, even, shall we say, zen-like side of menswear cozied next to pop up vintage shops, hand crafted accessories, performance camping gear, heritage and military outerwear and other essential must-haves for real guys — who are shopping more and more for themselves these days — during this past week’s autumn/winter 2012 menswear shows. 
On hand were candles, natural woodsy soaps and room scents “wild crafted” and foraged from the forest, herbal tea concoctions being steeped and graciously offered for tasting, knit caps drop-stitched on site reportedly by real French grannies, custom-created personalized fragrances, shave-and-a-haircut sessions, ergonomic flasks and, of course, the chance to belly up to the bar for artisanal Bloody Mary’s at Capsule or infused agave tequila at Project.
Salut to round one of the New York menswear shows.

Bellocq Tea Atelier brewing up Hindu Holiday
 Scents of Land candles
 Obie Kaufman pouring juniper tea
Izola circular flask
 Handknit by French grannies

D.S. & Durga custom scents
The Blind Barber set up shop outside of their LES environs
Bitter and Esters homebrew

Tanteo agave tequila bar

PROJECT NEW YORK | Heritage, Customization, Individualization @ Hartford Denim Co.

 Jeans and more at Hartford Denim Co., on view at the Project New York show this past week. Customization is king at Hartford, where this precise, built-by-hand so you can break-’em-in denim company has a shop.
Dave, one of the three bearded business partners (he’s the one on the right, looking right, with a denim bag in his hands) of the Connecticut-based company that’s been in biz for just over a year now, said they may go wholesale soon, personalizing their signature customization to each retail outlet.

Elk leather, below, is a major component and signature material used for bags, jackets, even the state-shaped Hartford logo.

 Love this, from their website:
“If at any time any product purchased from or built by Hartford Denim rips, busts,
bursts or shreds, we will gladly fix it free of charge or judgment.”