Retailers’ Takes on the Men’s Shows

Eric Jennings, VP & fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue

Strongest Trends:
• Bucks, saddle shoes and suede brogues
• Birkenstock-like men’s sandals with and without dark socks
• Chukkas and short hiking boots with white soles
• Spectators
• Boat shoes
• Sneakers
Favorite Brands & Styles:
• Casbia’s light-colored suede shoe •Neil Barrett’s open-toe boot
Future Predictions:
• More men’s sandals
Show Vibe:
“The energy at the show wasn’t there like it was the last few seasons. We were there from start to finish, but there didn’t seem to be as many visitors. The weather could have had something to do with it because it was raining the whole time, but the traffic and energy were down just a touch.”
Overall Theme:
• Wearable and clean shoes

Lanita Layton , VP and GMM for men’s at Holt Renfrew

Strongest Trends:
• Drivers and deck shoes
• Leather cutouts on dress shoes, sneakers, drivers and loafers
• Two-strap sandals
• Plays on Crocs
• Sandals in brown, black and metallic tones
• Espadrille-inspired shoes
• Laceups
Favorite Brands & Styles:
• Prada sandals
• Ferragamo
• Two-strap sandals
Future Predictions:
• More sandals, laceups, dress shoes and elegant drivers
• Lots of fun colors
Show Vibe:
“The mood was very positive, but business-focused. People were strategic in their prices and quality-value statements. There was a lot of confidence, with cautious but well-thought-out business plans.”
Overall Theme:
• Clean and elegant
• Natural looks
• Subdued sneakers

Dan Farrington, GMM of men’s at Mitchells/Richards/Marshs

Strongest Trends:
• Suede in the summer
• Lighter colors
• Chukka boot styles with two eyelets
• Pointed and chiseled shoes
• New spins on old classics
Favorite Brands & Styles:
• Tod’s Hyannis nautical-inspired group
Future Predictions:
• Suede as more of an option in the summer • Sophisticated, half-dressy, half-casual looks
Show Vibe:
“Positive, optimistic and upbeat — things are definitely getting better. There was more creativity, and people are being smart and strategic. They learned their lessons from the recession and are now offering price points that make sense.”
Overall Theme:
• Less product is overdesigned
• Clean and elegant, wearable looks

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