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(capsule) & Style Sight 3 Month Subscription Contest

(capsule) & Style Sight‘s email this morning tempted attendees of this year’s trade shows to enter for a chance to win a three month subscription to the trend forecasting/market inspiration service, featuring two well-clad gents in sportswear ensembles we immediately fell for (so we had to share). Their extensive denim trend reporting and forecasting make this one worth the few minutes it takes to fill out the form.


—Denim Therapy Staff

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Posted Mar 21 2011 in Denim News

(capsule) After Party: Our Favorite Denim Looks

Stylesight hosted an uber-stylish after party for the (capsule) New York show this past weekend at The Extra Place on Bowery. The party was overrun with good lookin’ folks in a mix of on-spot trends and classic appeal. We picked out our favorite denim looks from the party album, knowing our readers would enjoy them just as much as we did. Did you make the cut?


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Posted Jan 20 2011 in Denim Fashion » Events

(capsule) Show Report

We had a blast at the (capsule) show, from meeting/greeting a ton of great retailers to the giant cooler of PBR’s. Top notch menswear was on display from wall to wall, floor to floor, and the denim was absolutely delicious. Brands like Natural Selection, Han Kjobenhavn, Onia, Number Lab, and many more showed their wares. We’ll be featuring some of our favorite denim brands on the blog in the coming days for you to sink your teeth into.












—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 20 2011 in Denim News » Events

Denim Trend Report Via (capsule) on Style Sight

(capsule) on Style Sight has released their denim trend forecast for the end of winter/beginning of spring and beyond. They forsee an increase of patchwork treatments for both repair and design element purposes, as well as color-blocking through bleach and dye jobs and paneling. Western and ’70s details like studs and retro vests are set to take the stage, and we’re already seeing hints of this coming down the runway. What trends will you pick up on?


Click here to see the full report. In our continued coverage of (capsule), we’ll bring you right to the floor of the trade show and introduce you to trends, brands, and faces of tomorrow’s denim industry! Stay tuned…

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 18 2011 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Capsule NY – Men’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collections

capsuleCapsule New York Men’s tradeshow, a well curated showcase of progressive apparel and accessories brands from the US, Europe and Asia, came to a close yesterday.  This marked Capsule’s seventh season in New York presenting Spring/Summer 2011 collections, and a move to a new venue – Center 548, once home to the DIA art foundation in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district.

31 oz denim jeans by Naked & Famous (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

32 oz denim jeans by Naked & Famous (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

Exciting designers that caught my eye were from CFDA-nominated Simon Spurr’s diffusion line, Spurr. The selvedge and non-selvedge jeans are high quality – minimalist styles and they come in two fits, pipe or classic – now one of my husband’s favorite jeans; Kitsun?, although denim is not their thing, it was their US debut with a fabulous collection; a new denim company debuting was Canton Overall, premium Japanese jeans, which are not your normal looking jeans, ultra high-cuffed bottoms revealing the selvedge stitching made for an interesting style (perhaps a little Junya Watanabe’ish); Naked & Famous, the Toronto based denim and apparel company had two great jeans, a cashmere blend and a linen blend that was super soft to the touch. For a good laugh, they had a pair of the heaviest denim jeans I have ever seen, a whopping 32 ounces! And added for honorable mention, was Gilbert & Lewis’s adorable boldly colored slim fitted plaid and gingham shirts with built in bow-ties!  A perfect top to pair with your favorite selvedge jeans.

The Cocoon installation (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

The Cocoon installation (Photo by Chiun-kai Shih)

When it came time for a break and a bite to eat, the rooftop lounge was a peaceful retreat of tables with Stark ghost chairs, an art installation created by conceptual architects Annie Kwon & EMEHT agency titled “The Cocoon”, foot tapping music, and a serene view of the city’s skyline that created an ?ber cool relaxing fashion break.

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 21 2010 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Capsule New York Show Hits Record Size, More-Focused Project Reflects Subdued Mood


Capsule New York Show Hits Record Size


Posted THURSDAY JULY 23, 2009

From WWD ISSUE 07/23/2009



Naked & Famous (Photo by Robert Mitra)

Naked & Famous (Photo by Robert Mitra)

The Capsule New York show swelled to a record 75 vendors, seemingly shoehorned into every last nook of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, a former Lower East Side synagogue. Among them were numerous fledgling labels and first-timers to New York market week. And these progressive fashion labels were focused not on rapid expansion but on attracting a dedicated following. 

Perhaps only die-hard denim aficionados see the allure of 24-oz. denim, for example. But such connoisseurs were abuzz about Naked & Famous, the Montreal denim label, which claimed the heaviest pair of jeans in history. 

The Fred Perry by Raf Simons line keeps gaining followers and the bright color, avant-garde cutting and sheer overlays brought his fashion-forward vision to classic polo shirts. 

General trends at Capsule were very much in line with those on the European runways. Relaxed tailoring, light texture, washed fabrics, tight organic patterns and transparency were dominant themes. Workwear and outdoorsy Americana remain influential, as seen in the collections of Garbstore, Yuketen and Post Overalls, to name a few. A bestseller for Post Overalls, a Japanese label marketing to the U.S. for the first time, was a denim utility smock. 


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More-Focused Project Reflects Subdued Mood


Posted THURSDAY JULY 23, 2009

From WWD ISSUE 07/23/2009


JW Brine (Photo by Robert Mitra)



















Civil Smith

Civil Smith (Photo by Robert Mitra)


With retailers hunkered down and girding themselves for an uncertain economy, Manhattan??™s Lexington Avenue Armory, home of the 69th National Guard regiment, served as an apropos new venue for the Project show. The space was markedly smaller in scope than the show??™s previous incarnation at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and hosted about 150 brands, according to show organizers.

???We were a lot more focused this year, and I think the smaller space was appropriate for this new economic environment we are in,??? said Sam Ben-Avraham, founder and president of Project, which is a division of Advanstar Fashion Group. 

Ben-Avraham viewed the general mood of vendors and retailers as positive but tempered by the financial troubles of CIT, which finances a large swath of the independent brands and boutiques serviced by the exhibition.

???Business isn??™t back to normal, but I think people have gotten past the bad energy of last season and are focused on what needs to get done,??? noted Ben-Avraham. ???I think things were actually looking pretty positive a few weeks ago, but the recent news about CIT has people worried. If CIT goes down, a lot of people are going to have trouble with financing.???

J Brand

J Brand (Photo by Robert Brine)


In that vein, a no-frills mood permeated the drill hall that housed the show, with decor-free booths and the elimination of The Area, a white-carpeted special section previously dedicated to directional brands. ???They told us not to bring any props, they want all the booths to be uniform and focused on product,??? said Scott Morrison, chief executive officer of Evisu.

Morrison was displaying his revamped Evisu lineup of vintage denim with downplayed branding markers. Evisu is relaunching at Barneys New York this holiday, and Morrison expects eventually to be in about 125 specialty store doors in the U.S. as he works to energize the brand here.

A cleaner denim aesthetic was on view at J Brand, where unadorned, minimally treated styles provided a counterpoint to the vintage washes that prevailed at competing brands. ???We are about clean, classic and timeless,??? said Illanit Semberov, men??™s sales director at the Los Angeles-based label. As with many companies, lower prices were an emphasis at J Brand, where jeans were priced to retail from $169 to $198. 

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 23 2009 in Uncategorized
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