Leaving the heat and the monotony of Summer behind and embracing the festivities of Fall. This is The Transition.
Shirt: Our Legacy
Denim: Rogue Territory
Photography: Clay Rodriguez
Styling: Alan Javillonar
The Long Shirt is having it’s moment thanks to the internet.
Whether it be online, on the streets or on your favorite blogger’s blog, Long Shirts are popping up more and more, and rightfully so because if worn correctly, the Long Shirt can be your go-to piece this Fall/Winter.
What I like about the long shirt is that it adds another dimension to your wardrobe. I’ve always liked this pic of Daiki up top and how he wears the long shirt underneath a shorter jacket. Proportions are key here and no one does the long shirt better right now than Engineered Garments in my humble opinion.
Each of these guys pictured up above are great examples/references of how to wear a long shirt. And who knows, if you buy this long shirt from Engineered Garments, you too can finesse your way into being photographed by Tommy Ton.
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.