On Pier 94 on Manhattan’s far west side, the Capsule show is pushing some of the most exciting new menswear brands to the forefront. The annual industry trade presentation, launched in 2007, was designed to encourage networking among the many entrepreneurial young creatives in New York City while giving them a venue to display their latest work. It runs through this Thursday (Jan. 26th) so be sure to check it out if you’re in the city. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite participants in this year’s event.
Edward Granger is a rising star in the art world known for his kaleidoscopic paintings and murals. Granger partnered with SHUT, New York City’s first skateboard brand which has made decks and other gear since 1986, by painting this signature work on the backs of boards with 20 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the Harold Hunter Foundation. The Harold Hunter Foundation is named in memory of the famed skateboarder and uses the sport to help inner-city youth achieve their potential through support, advocacy and opportunity.
Chet and Betts DeHart are 21-year-old twins from Atlanta who started Lucid FC to create genuine streetwear inspired by the style of New York and London. Chet attended the acclaimed Central Saint Martins fashion design school and is responsible for every product while his brother Betts handles the business side of their joint venture which is represented by a cross hatch-like logo with every angle creating either an ‘L’ or ‘F’. Their hope is that the clean, down-to-earth aesthetic they’ve established can cross cultural boundaries and represent the next generation of an international creative subculture.
Camille Tanoh cut his teeth in Europe working at Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquière, Pierre Hardy and Paul Smith before moving to New York from his hometown of Paris. In 2012, he launched his shoe line The Proper Sneaker before an official launch in 2015. His designs are completely free of branding and strip back the sneaker to its most essential elements for a crisp, minimal appearance that isn’t short on comfort–the quality of the Italian-made pairs make sure of that. The utter simplicity sets it apart from every other shoe brand on the market, even more so because there is no luxury markup as Tanoh sells every pair for $190 rather than $400 using a cost-saving direct-to-consumer business model. He is particularly excited about the brand’s prospects as it will soon be a full lifestyle brand.
written by martin lerma