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 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







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 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






ACCESSORIES:


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.


















www.landsendcanvas.com
given the undecipherable parking sign-we wonder how many NYC's finest traffic tickets were plastered on the front windshield