What a better way to spend Valentine's Day than watching a great collection of menswear and falling madly in love with one of New York's most wonderful (and generally unknown - especially to me) spaces. Loden Dager held their Fall 2009 show at the incredible headquarters of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. Founded in 1785 to provide cultural, educational and social services to families of skilled craftsmen, the society's HQ on 44th Street (across from the Algonquin) includes a library, atrium-like retractible roof five stories up and a museum of locks and old-school gadgets. Above: the General Society's arm and hammer motif.
The muted colors were simple and great, stuff guys would actually wear...and most of the models looked like modern-day Tintins.
Upstairs at the museum.
Ben Harper and Laura Dern
A view from the balcony.
General Society ephemera
Library stacks, second story.
(All photos by Porter Hovey)
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