West 14th Street, NYC
words/images Judith Ecochard
Lands End Canvas went on a road trip to celebrate its second anniversary as a separate collection form parent Lands End.
Up and down the coast of America and across the Pond to Paris---from the San Juan Islands, to a tasty Napa wedding, to a late Spring jaunt-shopping at a flea market in Paris...to a late summer surf trip in the Baja.
Well dressed and attired mannequins in assorted vignettes were staged for the themes ---and imho-a great way to see the more trend driven collections that went beyond the basics that everybody has already, anyway.
AND=more accessories that were truly exceptional.
As with Lands End proper, we are always amazed at the high quality of construction at thoroughly value prices...these are not items that fall apart at the third...or fifth...or tenth washing.
|inner pockets-so well stitched can wear reverse|
|British Millerain ( http://www.britishmillerain.com)= waxed cotton fabric-details like sealed seams and storm flap velcro closures, metal buckles|
Dressed up or down, we loved the sailor strips that made appearances on items for men and women.
|layers for brisk ocean breezes|
|super soft thick cable crew neck sweaters|
|Knit ties-spring casual- but dressy enough|
|Lots of long sleeve chambray shorts in different patterns and weights|
|referencing the sailing history of the brand's heritage-sail ropes and solid brass snaps|
Paris chic-American style- lightweight cottons, cable knits and seersucker...
|feminine touches-like ruffles, lacy knits|
|hoodies get stripes too|
|cute mini front pleat|
|Vest can be worn more casually too|
|madras and navy blazer-classics|
|Napa wedding dress-polka dot hem|
A Napa wedding-not too dressed up...travel easy pieces
|Eyelet cotton white dress|
|Chinos and L/S shirts...plaids, madras, soft summer tones|
Our top picks were from the beach---we thought the vintage Hawaiian prints and faded palette of the clothes-user friendly and fun way to add some color to clothes that one can just shove into a backpack---and hit the road.
|tees and polos-well made cottons|
|Swim trunks---guys will wear|
|Wahed canvas/leather trim striped and solid satchels are well done|
|clutch with leather rope handle-heritage inspired|
|updated boat shoe with non-making outsoles|
|rolled up or down, sturdy high tops relaxed tone|
|crotchet, leather trim-pretty|
|Contrast stitches, durable waxed canvas---|
|Suitcase in tough canvas has terrific inner sections to keep stuff organized|
|shaving/cosmetic kits-out of the same thick canvas|
|scarves not just for Paris|
DNA of brand---"what we feel is inspirational..." an exhibit from MFA students and a performance by the band---the Wanda-s.
|given the undecipherable parking sign-we wonder how many NYC's finest traffic tickets were plastered on the front windshield|