BRAND: Mark McNairy New Amsterdam
SINCE: Fall, 2009
FOUNDED BY: Mark McNairy
HOME BASE: New York
WHY WE CO-SIGN: When asked in an interview about the design process behind his works, Mark McNairy noted, "I really do not design, I un-design." What the New York-based designer and creative director of the Ivy League-inspired clothing brand J.Press is talking about is the way he dissects and reinterprets classic English and American silhouettes to produce quality pieces that appeal to today's style-conscious. This approach is well-reflected in his own footwear collection, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, which, since debuting last year, has been coveted by men of different ages, tastes, and fashion sensibilities.
The New Amsterdam line is made up of two groups: Red Brick Soul and the New England Collection. The former consists of casual models such as dirty bucks, saddle shoes, chukka boots and loafers that are all outfitted with red brick-colored sole, while the latter is made up of shoes with more formal designs. In short, McNairy's collection offers the best shoes to complete and enhance some of today's most popular looks—whether it's modern prep or Mad Men mania —so whatever style you're going for, you should get familiar.
Keep reading for our interview with Mark McNairy, his five winter essentials, as well as our picks from his collection...
Mark 's Five Winter Essentials
1. Navy Blue Martin Margiela Zipper Cardigan Driving Sweater
2. Lock & Co. "Sinatra" Pork Pie Hat.
3. Engineered Garments Navy Coat with Black Fur Lining
4. Engineered Garments Black Down Vest with Corduroy Shawl Collar
5. Kaufman Army Navy Wool Knit Fingerless Gloves
Complex: What was the first designer item you bought or wore?
Mark: A Polo Ralph Lauren oxford cloth button down shirt.
Complex: Are there any special projects/collaborations we can look forward to in the near future?
Mark: Collaborations with Acapulco Gold, ALIFE, REST STORE, Union Los Angeles and more...
Complex: What can we expect in your next collection?
Mark: More of the same.