KNOWSHOW Autumn/Winter 2012 Sneak Peek

Attending a tradeshow like KNOWSHOW is bittersweet. On one hand, you get the inside scoop on what's coming to stores in autumn/winter 2012. But on the other hand, the spring/summer 2012 merchandise is only just trickling into stores, and with snow on the ground and dreams of warm weather far away, who knows when you'll be able to wear those sandals and sun dresses? You could really use the autumn/winter 2012 stuff now, except as you make your way from vendor to vendor examining their wares, you're reminded constantly that this isn't available until the latter half of the year. Bittersweet, I tell you.

Okay, crazy ramblings aside, here's a glimpse at what you can expect in stores during the latter half of the year.

VESTAL is known for their eye-catching oversize watches. The latest introduction to their collection: a gunmetal grey matte finish with a matte clockface (bottom left).

I confess, I judged Yoga Jeans by their name long before I knew what they looked like. Unlike what their name implies (some stretchy, slovenly jegging monstrosity for the Lululemon crowd), the jeans themselves are surprisingly normal-looking and even come in trendy pastel colours.

Classic cool shoes by London-based Pointer Footwear.

The coloured leather insets and contrasting textures in these Penfield down vests might be just enough to turn me into a puffy vest-wearing girl.

Waterproof, fleece-lined and ultra-light. Yup, this snow boot from Vancouver-based Native Shoes would be pretty perfect for the weather we're having.

Cozy and covetable knits, striped socks and ties, camel and navy was hard not to want everything in sight at the Lifestyle Collective booth.

I love the old school vibe of Herschel Supply's bags. For autumn/winter 2012, they're introducing a couple of new styles inspired by the bold stripes on English rugby jerseys (bottom right).

Love the highly individual look of these shoes by gram.

Surf, skate and apparel brand Sitka is launching a higher-end capsule collection called Crown this fall. They've also collaborated with local knitwear label Granted on some specially designed Cowichan sweaters.

I've always been impressed with the fabrications that COMUNE uses and these men's shirts are no exception. You have to see them up close to appreciate the flecks of colour and the textures.

P.S. If you haven't entered my Brave belts giveaway yet, do it now!


  1. It's nice to to see the colored denim trend riding strong into fall. Happy weekend!

  2. I would SO get the Yoga Jeans, and then not tell anyone that they are yoga jeans.

  3. There is a lot to like here. I am especially liking the shoes, the Bean-like duckboots, and the colors on the jeans. Now, I prefer chinos, but pastel chinos are made of win and awesome.

  4. Oooh I love the striped Herschel bags! Are those the only color-ways they'll be available in?

  5. I am drooling over that matte black Vestal watch.

    I really wanted to get one of the Penfield down coats but they're sold out in most places now that they're going on sale-drat! I love the tweed ones with the leather shoulders, very modern cowboy (in the best way possible!).

  6. Bob From Boston, these are just the samples I saw at the show. You should try contacting Herschel directly if you're interested in other colour combinations.


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