Fashion week for men in New York is not as wild and experimental as it is in London. It’s not bolstered by centuries of tradition and craftsmanship like Milan. And there’s no Raf, Rick, or Dries here to rattle the industry. But what New York lacks in star power, it more than makes up for in zippers.
Zippers are what fashion makers call trimming. They are tiny mechanical wonders used to fasten, contain, and enclose. Men love them. Men buy jackets with zippers, and when they try them on in the mirror, they run the slider up and down the chain of teeth again and again to test the action. Is it fast and smooth, or does it grind and snag? If the zipper isn’t right, the whole thing is trash. That is to say: Zippers are very, very important.
Such was the case at this second-ever iteration of New York Fashion Week: Men, where there were some very fine collections, and more than a few truly standout zippers. Here they are.