As the fashion world looks to Paris in the upcoming week, we at Wanderset look to a metro that is equally as famous, but quite opposite just the same. If Paris is polish and panache, Manhattan is grit and grind. Don’t get me wrong, there is an overabundance of tres Michelin star white table cloth dining, skyscrapers that would make the Tower Of Babel feel like a cuck, and luxe fashion worn while being chauffeured in luxe cars. Maybe we’re just more brash about it here. As a product of the north east metro area, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
After all, The City is the gateway to The New World. And we all know it.
It’s not that either Paris or NYC are right or wrong, in a cultural sense, it’s that NYC is just younger. It’s energy is different. There’s more pulsing and pushing, and like any little brother, has a chip on it’s shoulder that can only come from youthful lust. Make it here and you can make it anywhere, said Old Blue Eyes.
And out of all the “Make It’s” NYC exports, it’s the city’s culture, verge, energy and chip on the shoulder cool that it sells most of.
And there is no better embodiment of that than fashion.
NY Fashion Week, more so than any of it’s euro counterparts, is changing the direction of menswear’s genres. Unlike Milano and Paris- Manhattan is the greatest proponent of embracing new designers. It’s flat out love affair with streetwear is a statement.
NYC has a democratization with fashion. It’s hard-ass black leather jacket and chelsea boot centric roots on the lower east side have blended perfectly with the more colorful, eccentric, gender fluid and avant-garde lately in ways we haven’t seen since Warhol splatter painted and snorted his factory up.
It’s more brooding and basic than LA or Miami. Like the city that birthed it, it’s gritty at it’s core, and polished at the well presented, outward faced fringe. It’s film noir with orange lens flares.
Sure, the street-luxe thing is far from anything new. KITH, Supreme, and Fred Segal have broken down doors apolitically. The gospel has been believed. But there’s an emergence of grit and polish that Manhattan is on right now that is shaking underground. Do not ignore the richter scale. The hybrid approach to fashion was cemented from a trend into a new standard in the Big Apple. And it’s getting more and more refined and conscious, even as it DIY Punks up.
Here are some of the dopest items from the Wanderset NYC curated capsule. That CBGB Punk meets MoMa curator meets fluid at the bodega is a thing, pal.
Never sleep on the city that doesn’t.
THE JACKET: SCHOTT NYC VINTAGE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET
Stunning black cowhide jacket that Brando himself would be proud of. With a CBGB-era punk plaid interior. Because some Angles are from hell.
THE SHIRT : BROOKLYN PROJECTS “CHARLIE DON’T SKATE” WHITE LONG SLEEVE
CDG Play doesn’t have a patten on using eye ball visuals. These peepers, however, belong to one, Charles Manson, and the back reads in NYC style stencil road paint “Charlie Don’t Skate”. Probably referencing his inabilty to both kick flip, and evade a murder rap. Or like, 20 murder raps.
THE DENIM : EN NOIR BLACK BLEACH WASH JEANS
Classic En Noir Skinny Jean. Luxe Button fly. Heavy Distressed Black Japanese Denim with knee frayed holes, ripped and repair thighs, and expert tailoring and sharp as the Big Apple’s windchill.
THE UNDERWEAR : TANGO HOTEL PIN UP HARLEY BOX BRIEFS
From the creative mind of Tommy Hilfiger’s heavily tatted, bar spitting and distortion pedal crooning son Ricky Hil, who grew up right outside NYC in Greenwhich, CT. These are so NYC right now you may not rock pants. Vintage yet colorful A F, it looks like NYFW standout LANDLORD could have put them out sooner. Kudos to Ricky Hil on visionary progress.
THE ACCESSORY: GUCCI GHOST
Sterling silver. Clasp closure. Made in Italy by iconic House Of Gucci, and re-imagined by Brooklyn street artist GucciGhost himself.
THE SHADES: WS x COMPLEXCON “N.E.R.D. ILLESTEVA SUNGLASSES”
ILLESTEVA teamed up with N*E*R*D to create a groundbreaking eyewear collection. This is a limited edition collaboration only available thru Wanderset’s highly coveted “COMPLEXCON” drop.