3 Runway Bag Trends from #NYFW Fall 2015

New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2015 Menswear shows wrapped up last week, and where the clothing side ran the gamut of trends from rock-n-roll Mick Jagger (Saint Laurent) and Jared Leto (Maison Margiela, Marc Jacobs) looks, to military (Kanye West x Adidas Originals) and hardware (Band of Outsiders) themes, we’ve focused in on accessories and honed in on three bag trends seen on the runways.

1.  The Tote Bag.  From the classics BalanciagaBally, to Burberry Prorsum (below) — where the tote bag was showcased in every color, fringe and animal prints — the tote is the ‘it’ bag for the season.

photos by Marcus Tondo

photos by Marcus Tondo

2.  The Duffel Bag.  Lots of pre-NYFW and post-NYFW centered around Kanye West’s x Adidas Originals show.  With Twitter rants and beige body stockings in the Women’s line, the less shocking were the suede bags — again, a classic material — here with Ralph Lauren’s crocodile duffel and Marc Jacobs’ supple green one.

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photos by: Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca (Ralph Lauren) |Alessandro Garofalo (Kanye West x Adidas Originals) |Arno Frugier (Marc Jacobs)

3.  The Hardcase Briefcase.  Structured briefcases aren’t a thing of the past.  Updated versions shown by Bally, Louis Vuitton and Thom Browne will remain a key piece in menswear.

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photos by: Courtesy of Bally via style.com | Kim Weston Arnold (Louis Vuitton and Thom Browne)

Check out our bags that match up with these Top 3 Fall 2015 trends:

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1. Tote: Shaw |  2. Duffel:  Twain |  3. Attaché case:  Monroe

 

 

Quite Frank & Korchmar

Kathryn and Gabby are seniors at Mercersburg Academy. For their senior project, they wanted to design a small handbag collection and contacted Heather Harris, our Creative Director.  Heather told Kathryn and Gabby that she would advise them on the product development and that Korchmar could produce their bags for them.  And so it began…The Quite Frank Project.

Kathryn and Gabby started a blog to document their progress. Early in January, they worked with Heather and took their initial concepts from a sketch and constructed “paper” samples.

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Last week, Kathryn and Gabby paid a visit to the MRket Show in New York, and got some first hand feedback from our president, Michael Korchmar.

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They spent the rest of their trip to NYC sourcing hardware and lining from Liberty fabrics for their bags.

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Stay tuned, as we check in periodically with Heather on the status of the Quite Frank bags, but for a regular dose of updates, follow Kathryn and Gabby’s day-to-day process to design completion, on their blog, Quite Frank, and be sure to browse their Instagram inspiration as well!  Good luck girls!

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all photos courtesy of Quite Frank | quitefrankproject.wordpress.com

quitefrankcollection.com | @quitefrank.collection

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

With ten days ’til Christmas and Hanukkah beginning tomorrow evening, we wanted to share our 2014 Gift Guide – 10 days & 10 gifts.

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1. Alexander McQueen skull cufflinks  | 2. Nautical cleat cutting board |3. Our Nash Wheeled Duffle | 4. Suede gloves | 5. UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker | 6.  A handsome wooden version of the classic Connect Four game – “Four Up” | 7. Our Morgan Clip Wallet | 8. Our Par – Golfer’s Personal bag | 9. Cashmere socks | 10. Chef DVD

Outside our Korchmar World — Links

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* Earlier this month, our Leather Bomber Bag was featured on He Spoke Style styled with the classic trench coat, it’s the perfect accessory rooted in tradition.

* Korchmar is honored to have been a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards – Style Finalist.  Last month the Award Winners were announced, and we are inspired by each of them.  You can read about who these entrepreneurs are, and learn about their stories, here.

John Stango‘s American Pop art was introduced to us by our friends at Sterling & Burke, Ltd in Georgetown, Washington D.C.  See his work amongst other curated artists, here.  Or better yet, go visit their gallery and check out their Trunk Show tomorrow, Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd.  Our Made in America Expedition Collection will be featured with our Creative Director on hand to tell you more about each piece.

* A reason to check out our wheeled carry-on bags, duffles and weekenders, another airline bites the “baggage fee” dust.

* Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday.  Shop Small!

* Prepping for holiday parties and dress codes…be prepared for “Black Tie Fly.”

photo:  KorchmarBags Instagram

Washington D.C. Trunk Show

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If you live in or around Washington D.C., please stop by Sterling & Burke Ltd. and meet Heather Harris, our Creative Director, at their Trunk Show on Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd.  Heather will be showcasing our new Expedition Collection and will be available to share all of the styling features and benefits that go into each Made in the USA design.

Enjoy sipping and shopping anytime between 4pm-8pm on Friday!

Sterling & Burke Ltd. 2824 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.  20007

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Top 10 Men’s Fashion Colors for Spring 2015

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Each season, coinciding with New York Fashion Week, Pantone — the world-renowned authority on color — releases a Fashion Color Report featuring the top 10 colors for Women’s and Men’s fashion based on a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming collections.

For Spring 2015, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, states the thought process behind the palette:

“Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still.  Color choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. “

And so, the top colors for men’s fashion for Spring 2015 are:

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  1. PANTONE 16-4120 Dusk Blue
  2. PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray
  3. PANTONE 18-0135 Treetop
  4. PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue
  5. PANTONE 14-1213 Toasted Almond
  6. PANTONE 18-0538 Woodbine
  7. PANTONE 16-1328 Sandstone
  8. PANTONE 17-4014 Titanium
  9. PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
  10. PANTONE 16-3310 Lavender Herb

Check out Pantone’s full Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report, here.

images:  Pantone