Once again the most elaborate booth inside New York’s Javits Center, where menswear market week is held, belonged to Duck Head and the two other brands in its dynasty, the high-tech outwear brand Gyde and Crittenden.
Kentucky-based Critt Rawlings is a menswear veteran with deep Ivy roots, having worked at Norman Hilton and Polo in addition to Oxxford. His collection plays up the hunting traditions of Kentucky, as seen in the top image. It is also expanding into every category, all the way down to pocket squares:
Here are some swatches for next season:
Critt also has Norman Hilton’s swatch library, which was kindly bequeathed to him by Norman’s son Nick. Although not Ivy cut, this jacket uses a broken-bone fabric that is a recreation of a Hilton swatch from the ’50s:
Here’s a handsome new triple-patch jacket:
And here’s the man himself with another Hilton fabric on the table in front (along with plenty of hydration). By the way, for a previous Ivy Style post on vertically striped “broken bone” sportcoats, head over here.
Meanwhile, Duck Head continues its expansion into full lifestyle brand trying to recapture the wearable, heritage-driven trad gear of Polo during the ’80s. Here’s a Fair Isle sweater:
And of course plenty of water fowl logos, which bring back fond memories to many a Southern gentleman. — CC