I did the unthinkable yesterday: I went shopping.
A friend tipped me off to a sale at the Steven Alan in Tribeca, so I jumped on my bike and went to check it out. I didn't end up buying anything, but saw a few things that I put in my mental "shopping cart" to purchase later.
I've always been sort of ambivalent about the Steven Alan line of shirts, but must say, after having made button up shirts myself, the new collection for Fall/Winter 2009 is pretty hot. I didn't look at all of the different types they carry of their own line -- the shelves with them at the back right of the store is overwhelming -- just the one hanging on a rack at the front of the men's section. As you've heard me say time and time again, the cut and the fit are amazing and some of the patterns are super hot. My only issue: I wasn't in the market to spend $168 for a shirt. Funny how that works when I'm on the consumer end of things!
In the shoe section, two pairs of boat shoes by Belgian shoe and accessories line n.d.c. (nom de code or code name) that I've seen photos of and heard the buzz about, but never gave a second thought to, until now.
If you're not familiar with the line, it was started in 2001 by Arnaud Zannier and Enrique Corbi, both long time veterans of the shoe business, who wanted to branch out on their own and start a company that focses on craftsmanship and luxury materials, creating reworked classics that defy trends and appeal to a wide variety of consumers. Every collection focuses on 4 things: simplicity, quality, originality, and constructional know-how. Each pair is made by artisans using only the highest quality leather from European tanneries. Cutting corners is not their game and the quality of their products -- and the price! -- is reflective of this. Once you see, feel, and try on a pair, though, you'll fall in love.
Check out their site for more information, images of collections, and a list of stores that stock the line worldwide. In the US, you can find the line at Steven Alan, Earnest Sewn, Fred Segal, and Barneys to name a few.
Online you can find the line at The Corner and in Steven Alan's eShop.