Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LANDS END CANVAS Men's, Women's Accessories SPRING 2012

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 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 ( 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

Sailor's fav in many colors-this hooded anorak-has a nice retro feel----
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

matching scarves-chinos

sailor stripes----

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 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 

amazing lining!

clutch with leather rope handle-heritage inspired

updated boat shoe with non-making outsoles

braided bracelets

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

solid hardware

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