First Look: The Fall 2019 New York Men's Day Manual

(Above): Sketch from David Hart’s fall 2019 collection

By Corey Kelly

On Monday, February 4th, 2019, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) officially begins its 9th season of NYFW: Men’s. The three day event offers American menswear designers the opportunity to showcase their fall 2019 collections to a global audience of media and buyers. Following the recent stretch of men’s weeks in London, Florence, Milan, and Paris, the New York men’s shows provides somewhat of a fashionable finale for the international menswear community.

Throughout the week, some of menswear’s bankable designers including Tom Ford, Todd Snyder, and Joseph Abboud will present big-budget runway shows at venues all over the city. However, for the remaining few unable to afford a show’s weighty costs, New York Men’s Day (NYMD) offers emerging designers the opportunity to present their collections to an international selection of press and buyers.

“It’s so, so, so important to support young, emerging talent,” says Erin Hawker, owner and founder of Agentry PR and New York Men’s Day. “This is where global trends come from; this is where eyes from all facets of fashion and lifestyle look to. If no one is supporting these young designers, they wouldn’t be able to afford to showcase their collections.”

Sponsored by Sperry, the 11th season of New York Men’s Day will officially launch NYFW: Men’s with a morning and afternoon lineup of presentations. CreativeDrive, a state-of-the-art studio space located in New York’s Financial District, will host the all day affair. This set-up will create a one-stop-shop for showgoers to preview everything at hand.

“[We’ve] assembled twelve of the coolest emerging menswear brands,” Erin says. “The group is especially interesting this season. We have a lot of interest from international designers, and we continue to attract the excitement of first time designers showing at NYFW: Men’s. The collections are all very elevated and you’re going to see an explosion of creativity.”

With more designers from Australia, London, Japan and Scandinavia showing interest to participate in New York Men’s Day, the idea of it becoming a multi-day event is in the works. But, until then, here’s an exclusive preview of what designers will debut next week.


(Above): Sketch courtesy of Krammer & Stoudt

Inspired by the iconoclastic figure of Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart), a cult hero of the California psychedelic/desert rock scene of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Expanding with that catalyst, the collection incorporates style elements of the era of rock music between 1969-1974 specifically, with an emphasis on the culture of the Sunset Strip and the wide open spaces of Joshua Tree, CA.
— Michael Rubin, Designer of Krammer & Stoudt
(Above): Sketch courtesy of Descendant Of Thieves

(Above): Sketch courtesy of Descendant Of Thieves

We find inspiration in the individualism of New Yorkers —fewer judgements and an openness to people who celebrate personal style. It’s about respectfully living amongst others but truly being yourself. We recently opened our first store on Bleecker Street, in the heart of the Greenwich Village neighborhood and have become intrigued by the social dynamics of the city. Descendant of Thieves is a limited batch manufacturer and therefore a strong advocate of distinguishing yourself from your neighbor. The collection builds on bold, stand-apart, oversized outerwear that ranges from animal prints to faux fur with elements of vintage military from the 1800’s. Colors are rooted in rich earth tones, including deep gold and rusty browns that tie back into unexpected pops of rose.
— Matteo Maniatty, Co-Owner + Creative Director of Descendant Of Thieves

(Above): Image courtesy of Sundae School

With South Korea’s recent medical marijuana legalization and New York’s impending recreational legalization, Cannabis is quickly transforming into a global movement. Capital injections are getting larger, and the stakes are higher than ever. This season, Sundae School designs uniform for the modern Cannabis ambassadors and entrepreneurs through comfortable, functional wear that reimagines the traditional Korean silhouettes with a western twist.
— Dae Lim, Creative Director of Sundae School

(Above): Image courtesy of Vasilis Loizides

Using the circus as a reference point, the Spring/Summer 2019 collection explores our modern relationship with performance.
— Vasilis Loizides, Designer

(Above): Sketch courtesy of KA WA KEY

KA WA KEY explores hedonism and reworks everyday streetwear with the designer’s roots of their Asian and Scandinavian aesthetics. Reimagining traditional textile crafts and applies them on considered signature streetwear, with an unusual balance of high-concept, accessibility wearability, simplicity and soft romantic masculinity. KA WA KEY believes beauty of twinks.
— Key Chow & Jarno Leppanen, Designers of Ka Wa Key

(Above): Image courtesy of TANAKA

A modern clothing collection for the people who always gamely explore the new movement, culture and world. Clothing that connects the past and next 100 years. Clothing that goes beyond limitation, time and gender.

(Above): Image courtesy of Chan Chit Lo

Inspired by the work of Frank Meadow, this season, we celebrate the fishermen from the 19th century. Chan Chit Lo conveyed the spirit of the Fisherman and the scenery of their daily life to the collection, from the tools they use for work to the sense of harbor. Chan Chit Lo use of piles of yarn, recycled fabric and unwanted garments and transform it into luxury textile design, through her hand-craft. She believes the vision of luxury is creating craftsmanship from faults, flawed and imperfect materials.
— Chan Chit, Designer

(Above): Sketch courtesy of Dear Miler

Dear Miler is inspired by commuters and business/leisure travelers around the world. This collection was specifically inspired by Tribeca’s industrial modern fine lines with its relaxed and calm feel the neighborhood portrays as the motive. Designed with minimal classic modern silhouettes along with blocking and detail elements throughout, the collection feels very chic and natural. Implementing certified organic cotton with high quality fabrics which well satisfies the line between luxury and elevated contemporary wear, it’s well constructed to fit comfortably.
— Jimin Kim, Designer for Dear Miler

(Above): Image courtesy of O.N.S.

The theme for the FW ‘19 Collection is aerial utility. The collection is a dialog on aviation, altitude, and functionality. The various looks are inspired by international airport terminals, aerial views of city grids, bold tarmac markings, and utilitarian uniforms.
— O.N.S. Clothing

Corey Kelly