Mark McNairy is a man of many talents and quite frankly, a man of versatility. There are not that many designers whose work have treaded serious town both uptown at Barneys, and downtown on Lower East Side’s Alife. Aside from retail-dexterous designs, the North Carolina-born designer also has an impressive portfolio under his belt, including the revival of heritage label J. Press, Finis, collaborations with Engineered Garments, his eponymous labels and most recently, succeeding Daiki Suzuki as the Creative Director for Woolrich Woollen Mills and the creation of Mark McNairy for Bass Weejuns.
We were excited to spot the designer’s footwear label, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam at (capsule) NYC this week. For those who are unfamiliar, the eponymous footwear label is fairly young and only began last January. The line-up of fun, modern takes on the classic three-B– brogues, boots and bucks, have been well-received by some of fashion’s toughest critics, not to mention finicky consumers. Amidst the the Spring/Summer 2011 line-up of shoes is a collaboration with Pro-Keds, due to hit racks this coming September.
Purveying a fun simplicity, the line-up of brightly colored monochrome suede (navy, green, red and tan) and canvas (of course, white canvas is the way to go). The shoes have been paired with gumsoles and Pro-Keds marked it with their signature stripes on midsoles.
Classic kicks that will most likely last a few seasons and more, McNairy has joined the ranks and further proves that kicks are not just for kids. Stay tuned for their release later this year!