Jul 21, 2014

Liberty Fairs Trade Show (New York, NY)

by Dalton Primeaux

It’s that time again in New York City, when press, buyers, and distributors gather at fashion and lifestyle trade shows in search of new and exciting brands.

The amazing folks at Liberty Fairs, one of my favorite trade shows, invited the WearHouse District to attend once again, scope out brands to watch, report outstanding fashion trends, and witness the amazing growth that this specific show had in just one year.

Liberty Fairs took place July 20 – 22 at a new location, Pier 94 along 12th Avenue, and the event opened with the second Bi-Annual Liberty Lebowski Classic, an industry bowling competition at Lucky Strike.

Back bigger and better, Liberty Fairs hosted so many amazing new brands that joined the Liberty Fairs family. Some notable newbies include Theory, Helmut Lang, Daniel Won, Norman Russell, Sully Wong, Skargorn, Freenote Cloth, SLVDR, K-Way, MRKT and Lifetime Collective.

But it was also great to see some returning favorites like Chapter, Closed, Danner, Dehen 1920, Filson, H By Hudson, J Press York Street, Mother Freedom, Nigel Cabourn, Viberg Boot and Zanerobe.

Guests were invited to an inside look into the manufacturing process of one of a kind caps made for each attendee by Brooklyn based Knickerbocker Mfg Co.

The ever dapper Shaka Maidoh and Sam Labert of Art ComesFirst, and Ouigi Theodore of The Brooklyn Circus curated the third edition of Freedom Hall with a bunch of really exciting new brands. Liberty also launched curated groupings of accessories brands including newcomers American Trench, Conscious Step, Lucky Selection, Cub & Co., South Lane and Teranishi.

One of the most exciting additions to Liberty Fairs was the Drugstore, curated by David Pirrotta, featuring some exciting men’s grooming brands like Blind Barber, Brooklyn Grooming, Mr Black’s Garment Essentials, Reverie and more.

Liberty also teamed up with Porsche to offer transportation to retailers between the trade shows in an effort to provide the highest level of service.

Some of my personal favorite brands spotted at Liberty Fairs:

Super Sunglasses - Their collection for next season looked amazing (Unfortunately, we could not photograph).

People Footwear - Very classic style, fun colors, and extremely lightweight.

Caminando - A Japanese footwear brand that merges edgy details with classic styles.

Placed by Gideon - One of the most interesting, unique brands, but their pieces still remain very wearable.

Crimson Cross (curated in Freedom Hall) - Distressed and aged denim with exciting real python details.

Vitaly - Innovative, unisex jewelry.

Liberty Fairs Fashion and Lifestyle Trade Show as a whole was full of energy, inventiveness and originality. The staff members were very welcoming and helpful - and that should not go unnoticed. The decor was both rustic and modern, with a constant palm tree theme played throughout the entrance of the venue. 

In as little as a year, Liberty Fairs has grown to become one of the industry's leading contemporary / menswear trade shows. Every participating brand partner of Liberty Fairs exudes creativity and has a unique story worth listening to, whether they be just starting to grow or well established entities. Buyers and distributors have certainly caught on to this and continue to attend the show to add more of that distinctive creativity to their stores or outlets. 

Liberty Fairs was actually founded this year by Sam Ben-Avraham, who is also the owner of Atrium stores and the original founder of Project Trade Show. According to the trade show's website, Ben-Avraham focused on curation, exploration, education, and brand storytelling in hopes to attract the best buyers out there. 

The most recent Liberty trade show was the third to take place in New York City. The next Liberty Fairs trade show will take place at the Venetian in Las Vegas, August 18 through August 20. 

Jul 19, 2014

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour Announce Third Album

Announce Third Studio Album, Bring Us Together, Out September 16th via Hot Bus/Rough Trade

Listen + Share: First Single “My Club

Photo credit: Sigurd Gr├╝nberger

Danish pop powerhouse The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, consisting of Lars Iversen & Mette Lindberg, have recently announced the release of their highly anticipated third studio album, Bring Us Together- set to drop September 16th via Hot Bus/Rough Trade! Having won audiences across the world over with their unique brand of deliciously fun & edgy pop, the Copenhagen duo will deliver eager fans & new listeners alike ten tracks of pure audio bliss.

Immersed within the Copenhagen music scene, producer & multi-instrumentalist Iversen met Lindberg in 2007. The two would go on to record a debut EP (Around The Bend) & two studio albums, 2009’s Fruit & 2012’s follow-up Out of Frequency. They’ve quickly become one of Denmark’s most prominent musical success stories, selling out venues around the globe & acquiring fans worldwide in the process.

Bring Us Together's first single “My Club” is an instantly catchy pop masterpiece with a psychedelic vibe punctuated by pulsing club beats. Biting lyrics like “tonight, I’ll be the bullet in your gun” are laid atop smooth, melodic horn samples & killer percussion. For a taste of what to expect from the upcoming record, you can give “My Club” a spin Here where it’s available to post & share!

Heavily inspired by the two years of non-stop promotional & touring madness (and subsequent sense of isolation) following their previous album, Bring Us Together finds the duo’s desire to explore new musical avenues greater than ever before. Iversen said,“We wanted to create a heavier and slightly darker atmosphere for this album. The sound is more processed, and less “manual” than before - with more weighting on repetitive beats, bass grooves, chopped-up loops, and a more laidback vocal style.”

Bring Us Together tracklist:
1. Bring Us Together
2. Navigator
3. My Club
4. Get Connected
5. Choke It
6. Hurricane
7. Rock The Ride
8. I Am The Mountain
9. Zombies
10. X

For more information on The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: theasteroidsgalaxytour.com

Jul 7, 2014

Sunnies and Snapbacks


Skip N' Whistle Goes Global

by Joshua Griffin

Bigger and better things are happening over at Skip N’ Whistle. After much international success with the help of Fab.com and Zulily.com, co-owners Chris and Anne Reams have closed up their local New Orleans shop and have gone wireless.

That’s right Skip N’ Whistle is now strictly an online store. To help cater to a more diverse clientele they needed to supply a greater product variety. They’ve rebranded the company with a new image and platforms to sell their designs.

“We are thrilled with the new look of our brand and feel it truly illustrates who we are as designers and as a company,” said Anne Reams. “We hope that translates to our current and future customers and supporters.”

The Reams have enlisted the help of Annunciation Interactive to help turn this fruition into a reality. All while staying true to their 12 year old aesthetic of powerful, witty designs. Heavily influenced by flea market and antique shops in their new inspired direction but still keeping the vintage illustrations and letterpress of their deep-rooted designs.