Today marks the beginning of the fall/winter 2023 market for the men’s industry as Pitti Uomo kicks off in Florence. The collections debut as many retailers enter the year concerned about a looming recession and high interest rates. So far, luxury sales have remained robust, but economic turmoil in the months ahead could slow down the momentum.
What are your top-performing men’s styles right now?
Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman: “Designer sneakers continue to perform well for us. We are also seeing that the versatile casual dress shoe category is of great interest to our customer as he seeks to balance his footwear wardrobe and increase his options for different occasions and moods. Comfort driven stylish slip-ons, loafers, hand crafted lace-up shoes and boots, as well as dressed-up occasion-based footwear were specific areas of interest for our customer.”
Justin Berkowitz, men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s: “We’re seeing a significant push into dressier and more formal styles, driven by the return of social occasions and events. Loafers and true formal shoes have been exceptionally strong in the dress category; in the former, novelty details like the updated hardware and sophisticated color are driving the trend, and in the latter, updated fabrications like velvet and high shine. Sneakers are still a big piece of the pie and remain incredibly important to the business, but without a doubt, there is a shift happening.”
Jian DeLeon, men’s fashion and editorial director at Nordstrom: “Sneakers dominated the holiday season across the board, not just athletic shoes, but also casual options that really speak to the hybrid work aesthetic and can be dressed up or down.”
Reginald Christian, men’s fashion market manager at Saks: “Our customers are still excited to purchase luxury sneakers, as proven by the demand we saw this past season for popular styles within the category such as the B30 from Dior and America’s Cup from Prada. We’ve also seen a recent uptick in the dress shoe category, driven by lace-ups and both casual and dress loafers.”
What trends are you forecasting to see during the European men’s shows this month?
What are the men’s brands to watch for 2023?