A couple weeks back I spent 3 days in Vegas at the Agenda, Capsule, and Liberty tradeshows. I was there mainly to debut and display the new JP Edition Hyundai Sonata art car project with Mr. 44 in the Flexfit / BSCMP booth, but also had the chance to check out the latest and greatest products showcased.
By no means is this a complete and comprehensive look at everything shown at the shows, but I did try to capture photos of brands, products, and things I saw that caught my eye. I tend to gravitate towards things that I would want for myself and new brands that I have just been exposed to.
Let’s begin. Selfishly, I’ll lead with the debut of the JP Edition Hyundai Sonata art car. At SEMA, I displayed version 1 of this vehicle, which I wanted to tastefully add artwork in a subtle manner to showoff the new Sonata while in the Hyundai booth. For version 2, I wanted to pay homage to classic art cars, but with a modern street art style. Mr. 44 provided the artwork and the Sonata served as his blank canvas in which I had the car wrapped with the art. Flexfit / BSCMP provided the stage in which to showcase the car along with a backdrop of Mr. 44’s art and a couple of custom hats inspired by the project.
Flexfit also showcased their new Delta hat, which is a lighter, sleeker, and innovative design featuring seamless construction for a more comfortable fit. They partnered with a few brands and artists to showcase what is possible with this new cap.
ohw? Footwear was a new brand that stood out at the Liberty show. The luxury sneaker brand featured a lot of details with an internal wool and leather sock and the use of full grain leathers and wool. I hope to own a pair or two in the near future.
The Nighthawk Harvest Label bag collection stopped me dead in my tracks as I walked the floor. The brand based in Japan has been around for 20 years, but this new Nighthawk collection is proudly manufactured in the USA. The monochromatic camo on the Cordura fabric added a nice touch of style to the already water-resistant coated fabric. The bags have a real urban military vibe that would work for just about any occasion.
Collaborations often miss the point, but the Alpha Industries x Burton x UNDFTD made perfect sense and was a highlight of the show. With the military heritage of Alpha Industries, the street style coupled with influences from sport and military of UNDFTD, and the technical innovations that has made Burton the leader it is today make this collection one of the best. The collection was comprised of a couple jackets styles including the popular M-65 and MA-1, field pants, flight suit, gloves, and backpacks. This collection will be available for the Fall.
Alpha Industries brought out the heat to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the M-65 Field Coat and showcased a collab with Manhattan Portage with a few bags featuring military styling and fabric from the M-65.
K-Swiss featured some new styles mixed with a few retro kicks that stood out for their classic silhouettes and detail. The drop down sole on the casual kicks make it easy to wear just about anywhere.
Reigning Champ from Vancouver featured their new collection of butter soft fleece. I love the minimal approach with a focus on quality material mixed with great designs on basic colors. The product speaks for itself.
Brand Black has one of the better booths and featured their impressive footwear built for on and off the court.
Our friends at Radii have re-invented themselves and showcased some new designs, a new logo, and some awesome prints on their shoes. I must of still been in Hawaii mode as I instinctively shot their aloha printed shoes over the other options.
Another shoe cleaner has stepped into the market place. Crep Protect stood out with a collection of highly sought after kicks on display. They also had an awesome packaging on their collab with Nice Kicks complete with LCD screen.
Native Shoes continues to kill it with their Apollo Moc and Chuckka. I love these shoes and highly suggest getting a pair or two for yourself. Super comfy and perfect for the warmer months. Also travels light.
Wolf & Man featured at Capsule showcased their great clothing collection alongside their new coffee venture.
Looks like Herschel has expanded their line to include rolling luggage.
Richer Poorer always comes correct with their sock game. The new styles are a great addition to the rotation.
I really dig the brand Aloha Sunday for their clean aesthetic and choice of materials. The contemporary menswear line continues to impress.
Blackwing pencils has made a comeback. The choice of many Pulitzer prize winners these pencils are the Bentley of pencils.
Designer Stephen Kenn showed off his travel cocktail kit along with a few new bags displayed on his amazing furniture.
Chuck Quality Goods featured some new apparel alongside their new hat styles. One that stood out was the flyknit caps.
Sticking with the Aloha theme and because I really like their prints is Artistry in Motion.
Makers of fine timepieces with great style and quality, Tsovet, always keeps it classy.