With my press pass in hand and my camera by my side it's safe to say that day 2 of market week was in full effect and I was ready to take Liberty Fairs on full force.
Here's a glimpse of some of the traffic and business being conducted in Aisle 8!
In the midst of walking up and down the aisles I came across this installment by the guys from Fellow Barber. They were blessing all the males at Liberty with free cuts and beard touch ups! If you were trying to keep your swag on 100 for Market Week these guys had you covered!
I managed to meet and speak with Fausto. He's orginally from the 305 but now proudly calls NY home. Fausto has been finessing cuts for some of your favorite people for about two years now. Peep him below looking focused.
After admiring the artistry of haircuts via Fausto, I bumped into an old friend at the tradeshow!
Meet: Shoichi "SHO" Amemiya (Owner of SabitNYC)
I had the pleasure of shooting my first street wear lookbooks with Sabit NYC back in 2011. Sho was always very enthusiastic and supportive of my creative direction with imagery when it came to his brand! That level of trust meant a lot to me at the time because I didn't have the work to prove to him that I was a risk worth taking. Non the less he believed and because of him I fell in love with street wear. He was also Will's mentor through his early years in the industry, sort of like the Yoda to Will's Obi-wan Kenobi in the fashion world! Sho now designs for Schott NYC and I have to say I couldn't be more proud of some of the pieces he created and showcased at the show.
After catching up with Sho I had to head over to the Alpha Industries booth to hear about their latest pieces! Photographed below is their M-65 50th Anniversary jacket.
I saw bombers and parka's in all shapes and sizes! I was having a hard time figuring out which my favorite was. Despite the wide variety, I still love the classic Olive bomber the most, it's a must have to say the least! Being able to try it on solidified that I need one in my closet asap!
The New Balance booth was next, I was interested in checking out some of their latest styles and color ways. I naturally gravitated toward the leather models! Those navy and burgundy ones are definitely going on my spring shopping list.
Pyrenex was another outwear brand that I managed to come across. Pyrenex has been around for over 150 years and the first down jackets were designed to protect prisoners from the cold in World War II !
The Heritage collection was the most stand out! Check out the leather details on that quilted denim!
Liberty Fairs was another great success! I was inspired by many of the collections shown and I like the direction that fashion is currently going in!
Highlight: Coming face to face with TONE one of my favorite photographers/tastemakers to date! TONE is legend in the NYC nightlife scene, he was behind a lot of the best images in NY nightlife around 2008-2010. If you were at Sway Mondays back in the day then I'm sure you have a few pictures taken by Tone in your lost files. His images always told stories about the characters he chose to photograph and it inspired me at a young age. At the time I was too young to get into the parties but as an intern my job was to blog about them as if I were in attendance. At first it seemed difficult, but once I received Tone's photos via email week after week I was able to figure out a mood and develop a story based off of his images. He taught me the power of storytelling and emotion through visuals and I will always admire him for that! He has now expanded to working with the Madbury Club to curate some of the strongest visual imagery on the internet.
After another long day I had to treat myself to some of the Brooklyn Gin that everyone at Liberty was raving about! The drink was refreshing and it definitely did it's job in setting the tone for the rest of the nights festivities!
After that closing drink it was now time to head over to our second destination!
Next stop: Lucky Strike Lanes
Once I arrived to Lucky Strike I saw a lot of familiar faces that I had mingled with at the trade shows the last two days. Liberty Fairs hosted the killer after party by allowing us to bowl, munch and drink on the houses behalf! Talk about recipe for a great time!
I hadn't bowled since I was about 14 and it showed in my embarrassing score for our first game! It was probably my fault due to the fact that I was more into dancing to the music as opposed to making sure I hit the pins properly :(!
After an intense first game, we ended the night with some low squats via Lane 5!
If you ever want to bowl with squad make sure to bring your A game!