The unspoken rule of thumb for menswear tradeshows in years past: "more limited" or "more expensive" usually meant more excitement from buyers and the press. This year, not so much. The more people I talk to, the more I hear a new democratic ideal emerging—and a greater enthusiasm than ever for well-made products, reasonably priced.
Case in point: Blk Pine Workshop, a new canvas accessory line from the makers of Vancouver's Maiden Noir, a line that's been putting out quality selvage denim and streetwear-influenced basics for years. (Because they're only distributed in a few U.S. stores, they've remained more or less under the radar here.) The Canadian provenance notwithstanding, these bags are made and inspired by the old U.S. of A. The five-piece collection, which debuted here at Capsule, will retail for around a hundred bucks a piece if show buyers are smart enough to snap them up. (men.style)