Sunday, February 20, 2011


I was in Las Vegas for the MAGIC convention this past week (I'll save my thoughts about Las Vegas for another time). Although "magic" combined with "Las Vegas" likely makes you think of some fucked-up David Blaine illusion, MAGIC is actually the trade show for clothing people (sort of an Interbike for fashion). By trade show I mean crazy fucking swamp of textiles that you wade through for three days hoping to come out of with the feeling that you've set yourself and your clothing business up for success  in the upcoming months. Good luck with that.
For me, however, it was a chance to see what was happening this fall in menswear that looked inspiring. I saw a lot of stuff that I'd wear from the likes of Woolrich, Levi's and Spiewak to name a few, but most of the stuff I saw was either too douchey for my taste or simply reminded me of Ralph Lauren from 15 years ago. It seems that we've gotten to a place in time where the fashion cycle is circling itself so eagerly that things are coming back into style before the people in the suburbs have stopped wearing the originals.
The most excited I got all week was when I happened upon the women's Lucchese booth. Now, I'm not a cowboy, not even in the loosest definition of the word, however, I love denim. And if you truly love denim and you don't, at the very least, appreciate cowboy boots, then I don't even want to hear your opinion on the topic of blue jeans. 
The Lucchese boot company out of San Antonio, Texas makes some of the best boots around, and has been since 1883. Next time you happen by a western store check them out, actually, just look at their boot wall, the ones you are drawn to will likely be made by Lucchese.

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