Meeting ?uestlove on his birthday as well as taking a picture with him was a pretty great way to end Monday night, but honestly having dinner with cousins I didn’t know even existed was the icing on the cake. Props to my cousin Audey for recognizing ?uestlove as well as my cousin Christine for having the guts to approach him during his birthday dinner with his mom. Side note, ?uestlove is probably one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever encountered (not that I’ve met many). Not only did he get up to take a pic with us when WE were done eating, but he also thanked US for taking a pic with him?!?
?UESTLOVE IS A CLASS ACT.
We hit the reset button Tuesday morning and by then we had been informed several times that the Polar Vortex Part II was heading our way. I’d been in snow before, but we had NO IDEA what we were in store for.
Before we head out to Market, we usually put together a schedule of appointments. This year we reserved Tuesday as the day to hit all the big tradeshows. We started off our morning at CAPSULE. By now, we pretty much know what to expect at CAPSULE, but this year they added a little wrinkle by including some Japanese brands such as Neighborhood, Bedwin, and Head Porter Plus to the show. CAPSULE was well put together this year and didn’t seem as busy as years past. We typically take this time to catch up with some of our vendors who have been with us since the store opened as well as catch up with friends attending the show. By the time our last appointment had ended at CAPSULE, the snow had begun to cause problems, so we decided to make our way to Liberty Fairs which was literally a 10-15 minute cab drive.
Two hours later…
Well it was safe to say that didn’t go as planned. We were very fortunate to catch a cab pretty quickly after leaving Capsule, but the fun had only just begun. A quarter of a way to Liberty Fairs our cab driver decided to kick us out because the snow had gotten so bad that he said and I quote, “I’m going home”. Well, we thought it couldn’t be that much further. Well….we we wrong. We were unsuccessful at finding a cab so we opted (not by choice) for a looooong walk tp the subway as well as one more cab ride into what looked like a ghost town.
Alas we had finally made it to Liberty Fairs. This had been our first year attending Liberty Fairs and we weren’t too sure of what to expect. Liberty Fairs didn’t disappoint and was very well-curated in my opinion. The time was mostly spent catching up with our friends/vendors that we practically consider family and haven’t seen in some time. By now I’ve lost track of how much coffee I’ve drank and was not looking forward to walking back out in the snow to grab a bite to eat before we went to the Bowling Tournament hosted by Liberty Fairs.
Tuesday had come and gone like a blink in the eye and we were onto our final day of Market. Our last day was spent at showrooms as well as attending MAN SHOW which is a much smaller tradeshow that houses some of our brands like Our Legacy. We woke up a bit earlier Wednesday to stop in at Dominique Ansel to pick up some cronuts and see what the hype was all about (let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint). Wednesday was ACTUALLY the coldest day by far even though the snow had stopped and on our way to the MAN Show we literally thought our feet were going to fall off from frost bite. At one point, I kid you not, I couldn’t even feel my face. After our last appointment we had some spare time to roam around the city and check out shops like Dover Street Market and Inventory as well as eat one last time before we headed back home to much warmer temperatures because quite frankly we were over the cold weather.
As I’ve said before, Market can be a rather chaotic time for us, but I’d like to thank all our family and friends who we had the pleasure of seeing while we were in town. Our time at Market is usually too short to see everyone, but we’re very thankful to see family and friends while in NYC.
Seeing Jessica Alba. Eating dinner next to ?uestlove on his birthday. These are some of the things that happen when The Class Room attends Market NYC…not really, but with Market NYC in the books, this has definitely been one of the more memorable ones.
We’ve sort of built a routine when attending the various Trade Shows and Showrooms, and this year was no different from others. The Class Room touched down in NYC on Sunday and while most boutiques and stores stay at least a week or two to see Showrooms, and attend various Tradeshows such as Capsule, Liberty Fairs, Project, and Agenda we managed to our time between family, appointments, AAANNND tradeshows into a four day affair.
Typically the first day we get in is spent catching up with family and friends. Monday we hit the ground running, which means lots of caffeine and lots…I MEAN LOTS OF WALKING. This year Monday was purely dedicated to seeing Showrooms. Some times seeing a vendor’s Showroom is a little bit better because it’s a more intimate setting where you can catch up with vendors who you’ve built strong relationships with, and have become friends with as well as see the collection. We started off the day by seeing our good friends at APC and what they had in store for Fall/Winter 2014. What some people don’t realize is that when we buy clothing for the store we typically buy it a season in advance. Nonetheless, the APC collection is real strong and we look forward to bring Houstonians more than just the jeans, which have quickly become one of the best-sellers in the shop.
We ended the day visiting our good friend Karl of Rogue Territory. Rogue Territory has been a brand we’ve been carrying since we opened the shop, and it’s amazing to see how quickly the brand has grown as well as how many Houstonians have embraced the brand. Rogue Territory didn’t disappoint this Fall/Winter Collection and we can’t wait to let you in on what we have in store for y’all this year.
We ended our day at roughly 5pm with back to back to back to back appointments. By now we’ve lost track of how many “espressos” we’ve had…(YEAH I SAID ESPRESSOS) blisters we’ve gained and calories we’ve consumed The Class Room is just ready to RELAX.
With Monday practically in the books, it was time for us to pop a Lipitor and get ready for dinner with some more family.
Stay tuned for Market Part IV…coming real soon.
Mark McNairy Harris Tweed Snapback with removable Yankee pin. Originally $98, now 40% off.
Tip #2 Don’t Sweat the Technique
My ideas are only for the audience’s ears…
I get it…I get it, not everyone wants to protect their necks this winter with a scarf, not because it’s deemed “UN-MANLY” because quite frankly I’m not sure most men know how to wear them (Google folks. G-O-O-G-L-E).
First and foremost, let me be the first to tell you that I LOVE SWEATERS. I mean there are days…by days I mean WEEKS during our Houston winters where a jacket isn’t necessary. For those days a sweater will suffice. This Gant Rugger Cablecito Sweater has me feelin’ some type of way. The cable knit comes in a nice shade of red that will embolden any casual outfit. Though the knit is quite chunky, the cotton-blend yarn ensures this sweater is fairly lightweight. I balanced the hue of the sweater with these Navy chinos from UNIS which I talk way too much about because they are THE TRUTH and a Merino Wool Top Beanie from Norse because it’s #luxe and your head only deserves da best.
This outfit is a real versatile outfit to step out in, in the H. Whether you’re stepping out at Kung-Fu Saloon to get #turntup or Cobra vs Mongoose for a more chilled atmosphere this look is sure to turn heads. TRUST, when that pseudo-hipster girl standing next to you at the bar (draped in brand names you can’t even pronounce) accidentally brushes up against you and is like WOW THAT SWEATER IS SO SOFT, you’ll thank me. Just DON’T respond to her by reciting the history of cable knit as well as its intricate details of braiding, like one cable braid vs two cable braid. AANNNDD YOU MOST CERTAINLY DON’T TELL HER YOUR A BLAWGGER AND THAT FASHIONZ IS YOUR PASSIONZ. IT’S 2013 BRUH NOT 2009. Instead, tell her, THANKS and although this sweater looks good on me, it’ll probably look much better on you. If that got her attention, proceed by telling her that you’re a photographer and you take pics of women in men’s clothing and that you’d like to photograph her some time. Then give her your IG handle and tell her you have over 1k followers AND ARE MAADDD INFLUENTIAL IN THE INDUSTRY. I’M 99.9% SURE this will work…but if it doesn’t tell that PYT not to SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE.
With functionality and minimalism at its core, Norse Projects produces another enticing collection for Fall/Winter 2013. Crafted with an array of muted hues, the Scandinavian imprint supplies another harmonious range of products for the cooler months. Check out all the goods in store and online soon!