Sam Ben-Avraham, owner of the Liberty show
Sam Ben-Avraham, owner of the Liberty show
 

24 Jul. 2014

Liberty NYC - Third time's a Charm


The third edition of Liberty New York concluded on Tuesday afternoon after a highly successful three-day run. Held for the first time at Pier 94, the event did have one glitch, faulty air conditioning, which made for some uncomfortably warm areas, but otherwise impressed with an inspiring line-up of contemporary and street brands, 100 of which exhibited at the show for the first time. These included Italian sportswear brand Camo, LA-based denim line Crimson Cross, the eponymous collection of Dutch designer Olaf Hussein, Helmut Lang and Canadian footwear and accessories brand Sully Wong.

Liberty owner Sam Ben-Avraham told Sportswear International that he considered the layout and assortment of the show the best he had ever achieved in his long history as a trade show producer and added that he was especially pleased with the brands assembled in Freedom Hall, the section of 22 up-and-coming brands curated by Ouigi Theodore of The Brooklyn Circus and Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of Art Comes First.

Liberty New York SS'15
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Trendwise, denim looks tended to veer away from raw and dark styles and featured vintage washes and some distressing in lightweight fabrics, especially at Shockoe Denim, a new line based in Richmond, Virginia. There was also acid-washing from Helmut Lang. Sunbleached pastel colors were popular on chino-like pants from numerous brands and light outwear and jackets at labels such as Cockpit USA, Alpha Industries and Perfecto Brand by Schott.

See the related gallery for all the images.

The next edition of Liberty runs August 18-20 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
Christopher Blomquist

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