Michael Macko's Vanguard collection was ripe with interesting and fun burgeoning menswear designers (Armstrong & Wilson, Rotenier, Shwood), Hook And Albert being one of them.  Hook And Albert is best known for its colored shoe laces and bad ass socks.  They also make a mean lapel flower (see below), perhaps the nicest I've seen.  I liked how they were...

Southern Tide is a brand I have been fond of for a few years.  I own one of their Skipjack polos, it occupies a spot in the regular polo rotation.  However, I must say that I am more a fan of the like color logo polos (see 2nd picture below) which remind me of a good monogram; only those...

Harding Lane is a company whose products I have been hearing about for the past few months but had yet to see them in the flesh until MRket.  The brand was started by a brother-sister duo from Massachusettes.  For the most part the motifs harken to all things prep; as you would expect given the designs are needlepoint.  However,...

One of the booths that I was most excited to visit was Rotenier.  The links themselves are always in good taste and the craftsmanship is spot on.  I have mentioned the brand before and have seen a few of its pieces at Bergdorf's.  However, I really wanted to meet the artist behind the beautiful cufflinks, Robin Rotenier.  My favorite...

The southern prep presence was heavy at MRket; State Traditions, Southern Tide and Southern Proper.  Southern Proper was showing off some of its finer items; polo shirts, ties, hats and even a preview of the soon to debut collection of sport jackets.  The booth was themed by type of event; caddyshack prep (golf) and cocktail prep are a few;...

Okay, so perhaps I am a bit biased when it comes to Armstrong & Wilson.  After all, they hail from Philadelphia and I from that great city's suburbs.  But, bias aside, these jawns are some bad ass pocket squares.  Micheal Macko thought well enough of them to incorporate them into the Vanguards collection, which was a collection of 12...

Do you love your state?  Maybe you do, but probably not as much as these Alabama gentlemen love Alabama.  State Traditions is another brand that I encountered for the first time at MRket, and I'm glad I did encounter them.  The gear is unquestionably preppy, with a heavy bent on all things southern (as we all know us northerners...

Wooden sunglasses?  yup.  They have existed at the upper echelon of the sunglasses price range for some time but Shwood is the first company (that I know of) that has made them at a price point that the 99% can afford ($140-224).  Shwood was part of the 12 brand 'Vanguard' collection curated by Michael Macko at MRket.  the idea...

TM Stock ties are the brainchildren of Todd Stock (thus the semi eponymous name for the brand) and one of the most recently founded brands at MRket.  Mr. Stock and I were able to speak for a few minutes which allowed me to get an idea of the brand, for I had never heard of it before.  And information...

I have previously spoken on my love of Bills Khakis (and yes, they really are that good) so as you would imagine I spent a good amount of time perusing the Bills Khakis outpost at MRket.  And if you feel similarly to who I do about Bills you should be excited for when their spring/summer 2013 gear hits retailers. ...