Former Details Magazine Fashion Editor-in-Chief and Saks veteran Michael Macko curated this year’s Mrket tradeshow, and he put together a great selection of brands ranging from high end to more affordable options. In this article, we’d like to introduce you to some of the upcoming smaller companies with innovative products.
Spivey Cufflinks – Fossil Reincarnated
One of the first brands I saw at the show was Spivey Cufflinks from Megin E. Spivey of Utah. They immediately caught my eye because of the brand’s use of untreated stones such as malachite, lapis lazuli, agates, and even little fossils to make cuff jewelry. Sometimes these unique, earthy cufflinks are even enhanced with diamonds. The difficulty of working with such characteristic stones lies in finding matching pairs, especially for dress sets, but the inevitable variation Spivey sets all the more unique.
If you want cufflinks made out of natural gemstones and materials with a twist, Spivey certainly fits the bill.
For more info, visit mspivey.com
When the founder of Shwood was working in his garage one day, he looked at a tree and thought it would be great to have a pair of sunglasses made out of wood. Not one to back down from an idea, he went to the dollar store and bought a pair of sunglasses to experiment with. Today, the Shwood line of sunglasses consists of various models with inlays, polarized lenses, and the distinctive grain of real wood. Everything is made by hand in Oregon. Shwood was founded just 3 years ago and already has 45 employees. They use various woods, such as Rosewood and Mahogany, for their high end pieces and less expensive options for the entry level models. However, all of them feature optically superb Carl Zeiss lenses. Due to the nature of wood, each piece is truly unique. In the few short moments I had the opportunity to wear them, they felt very light and fit my head reasonably well.
L.B.M. 1911 – Lubiam
The Italian Company L.B.M. offers completely unstructured, fully machine sewn blazers to its customers, which come in nice patterns of their signature washed wool, cotton or cashmere/silk blends. Due to the hot finishing process, everything is done by machine and the buttons are made of resin. The jackets are quite short, feature high armholes but wear extremely light. Partly this has to do with the lightweight fabric as well as the flexible material. Despite its lack of handwork, it is certainly one of the lightest sportscoats I have ever worn. Of course, the drape of the fabric is nothing to rave about (see photo) though it drapes better than you would expect for such a lightweight fabric.
Overall, there were quite a few novelties on display at MRket this year, and I have not yet seen half of the show’s exhibitors. More is yet to come, so stay tuned.
For more new products, please take a look at our other picks: Part II, Part III (yet to come)