Last week, of Iron & Oak journeyed up to Union, N.J. to visit Schott NYC‘s breathtaking factory. We’re huge fans of the 100-year-old company and can’t get enough of their fine leather apparel laced with threads of rich American heritage. It was an honor and a privilege to be surrounded by the noise of the factory, the slew of hard workers and the wealth of history that continues to accompany Schott NYC as they celebrate their 100th anniversary.
On Tuesday, January 22, we at of Iron and Oak fought through the frigid weather in an effort to get to Pier 92 on the west side of Manhattan, the home of this year’s Project NYC fashion trade event. After beating the standstill North Jersey traffic, catching a couple of trains and hailing one much needed taxi cab, we finally made it.
Upon entering Pier 92 and seeing Project NYC’s gigantic logo cleverly centered amid log cabin-esque themes, it was clear that this is where the big shots come to play. Fashionable people walking around, doing business, networking, smiling, laughing, joking. People knew people. And if they didn’t, they went out of their way to meet them. It was fast-paced and exhilarating.
Now, there were a ton of bigger brands at this event. Adidas. True Religion. G-Shock. Dickies. However, there were a few brands in attendance that stood out among the rest. Some had massive displays to draw patrons in while others just had friendly people behind their booths. Here are our top five favorite brands, in no particular order, from Project NYC that we think you guys may also enjoy.