The Guild show is a relatively new tradeshow that was housed in The Place at The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Like many boutique tradeshows, Guild was a suite show – where each brand uses their hotel suite as a showroom. It’s a bit intimidating to just walk into suites but this show was definitely worth it. It was a bit heavier on the men’s offering but there were standouts like Wings & Horns, Sperry Top-Sider, SeaVees, Timo. and my new favorite – Krane. I was walking through the hallway and spotted a mound of leather bags, cases and totes in a corner. From the moment I saw them, I had to put all shyness aside and walk into the suite – I’m so glad that I did.
Krane began as a leather and cotton goods company focusing on bags, and later expanded to include outerwear, plackets and accessories. Founded by Ken Chow, his design pedigree is a testament to his ambitious design and impeccable attention to detail. Ken studied at FIT and later interned for Marc Jacobs and Cloak before returning to his native Toronto, Canada. His soft-spoken manner, art background and humility translate into subtle, intelligent design.
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Ken only works with natural fibers and trims – he’s not an environmental activist – but he wants to do his part in helping out the environment. From waxed cotton, lambskin leather, other animal skins and furs, all of his pieces exude luxury in a way that only natural pieces can. There is a strong military influence and undercurrent in most of his pieces that make his pieces utilitarian and timeless.
As someone that constantly gravitates to military-esque “man bags,” Krane was heaven for me. All of the bags featured extra pockets, leather trim and were big enough to hold everything you need with you. Many of the bags could double as non-conformist brief cases or weekender bags.
Krane offers gorgeous lambskin neckpieces from a bowtie and to several variations of the tie featuring zippers, chain link and covered studs (with age the studs will pop through – gorgeous – takes punk DIY to a whole new level). Ken Chow’s deconstructed neckwear offering also includes plackets – the part of the garment that has button holes or zippers – and that’s it. Think of it as a nouveau-tie – totally unisex – and totally amazing.
Chow’s assortment of vests are all made from lambskin and are buttery soft. The styles vary from one inspired by a life vest, to a vest with tails, to a more traditional biker look. The vests are awesome layering pieces and add just the right amount of edge to any look.
We normally only post on women’s products, but from time to time, we find a men’s product that is so spectacular, we need to let you know to get it for the man in your life. Krane coats are inspired by military silhouettes but are not your common issue. M65 jackets are updated with leather trim and natural Corozo nut military slide buttons. Some of the coats feature quilted chambray lining, while others feature lining made from recycled military blankets. The military blanket jackets were so popular that Ken created a coat completely out of the military blankets.
Many times after a tradeshow people will ask what was the best thing I saw – without any hesitation, the answer is Krane. It’s not often that you meet a star on the rise and I know that Ken Chow has only just begun. Krane is carried by Fred Segal Man, Revolve, Secret Service, Holt Renfrew, Delphic and Oak.
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