Coming to America - A Visit to the Meermin Trunk Show
One of my most anticipated stops during the recent trip to NYC was the Meermin trunk show last week. The brand has been getting lots of press in the past year or two and I have been increasingly curious about their wares. The problem, though, is that their shoes are only physically present at their storefronts in Spain and Japan. Their web store is well set up for international orders, but since the shoes cannot be tried on it makes determining the correct size a difficult and somewhat risky undertaking.
Fortunately, Luisa and Pepe are working to change that. During their first official visit to the United States, the Meermin duo was able to help hundreds of men and women find the size and style that fit them best. Many shoes were available for purchase, but they encouraged anyone and everyone to come in and get sized. I tried on at least a dozen pairs, and Luisa and Pepe were happy to accommodate my incessant questions and requests. They had a good representation of their products available to try on, and even had some new items that have not made their way to their website yet.
All told, their shoes are attractive, well-made, and competitively priced. I think that any menswear enthusiast would be hard pressed to find a shoe at Meermin’s pricepoint of equal or greater value. I should state that I do not (yet) own any pairs so I can not comment on how they wear, but from what I was able to learn from my visit there is no reason to be pessimistic. Meermin is a young company and only time will tell how their shoes will age, but they seem to have the right ingredients in play – good materials, solid construction, and classic designs.
Three Events in New York
I love the Bay Area with all my heart, but sometimes, on very rare occasions, I wish I was in New York. Like this week, when these three events are happening:
- Nov 14th-16h, Meermin Trunk Show: Meermin is holding a trunk show from November 14th until the 16th. The location will be at 481 Broadway (cross street Broome) in Soho, with opening from 10am until 6pm each day. At the event, you’ll be try on different sizes and lasts, so you can become familiar with Meermin’s range; buy samples of newly released styles (including some that were exclusively produced for the show); and check out samples of previous made-to-order shoes, in case you’re interested in trying out their customization program.
- Nov. 15th, Gentlemen’s Vintage Show: Additionally, the Gentlemen’s Vintage Show will be happening on November 15th, from noon until 7pm, at 110 West 19th Street. Many of the big names in vintage menswear will be present, including Heller’s Cafe, Strongarm Clothing & Supply, and Peter Schubert. Expect everything from rare vintage denim to hand tailored suits. Admissions is $15 at the door, and $10 online. You can get more information at Manhattan Vintage.
- Nov 16th-17th, StyleForum Trunk Show: Lastly, StyleForum will be holding a trunk show for some of their affiliate vendors, including No Man Walks Alone, Kent Wang, The Hanger Project, Yellow Hook Neckties, JP Marcellino, Franco Ercole, and more. Stop by to see some really great clothing, shoes, and accessories. While you’re there, you can have a drink, eat some food, and meet some really nice people. The event will be taking place on November 16th and 17th (Saturday and Sunday), from 12 pm until 7pm, at the Third Streaming Gallery (located at 10 Greene Street, on the second floor).
Uniqlo x Meermin MTO in dark brown Ilcea Radica/Museum Calf.