The People of Liberty Fairs, Las Vegas

February 19th, 2015

The Liberty Fairs show is always a great place to find inspiring personal style.

Here are some of our favorite looks from the Las Vegas show.

Captain America

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Michael Paradise is the owner of America’s oldest denim brand and the coolest heritage store in Los Angeles; Stronghold in Venice Beach. He does heritage Americana as well as anyone I know.

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Off-Duty Officer’s Coat

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I’ve seen Gene Barnes, the owner of the Heart of Gold menswear shop in San Francisco, at the shows a few times now. He’s got this street-influenced, military-influenced Americana style that’s always cool and tasteful.

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Black on Blackwatch

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Brooklynite Brent Brookhart has been in the menswear industry since he was a young man, learning to cut patterns at a local tailoring shop in his neighborhood. As we walked by his booth, EFM menswear, we couldn’t help but notice the blackwatch trousers with the perfectly broken-in cordovan boots by Alden.

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West Coast Wide Leg

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Matt Rho of Richmond VA-based Shockoe Atelier was rocking a pair of wide-leg vintage WW2 officers pants. It takes some serious style to pull-off a silhouette like this, and he’s got it. Well played, player.

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Bring the Pane

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We enjoyed getting to know the team behind the classic American tailoring house Southwick. We spent a good part of the show talking business with Craig Lickliter, who represents very well for the Massachusetts-based manufacturer.

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Light-Hearted Tailoring

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Amir Morgan has fun with his style and is not afraid to take some risks. Last year we saw him in a pink linen one-piece suit. This year in Vegas he showed up in a short suit, with a virtually perfect fitting double-breasted hopsack jacket.

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Mr. Back to Basics

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Our friend Ian was in town, showing off his perfectly-fitting business casual wardrobe. What can I say, the guy has done his homework and knows a thing or two about building a smart and efficient wardrobe. He doesn’t skimp at the tailor, either.

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.

  • Jeff P.

    Forgive me if this has already been discussed. But is Liberty Fairs open to the public? Or is it industry only?

  • Andrew

    Other than Ian and Craig, these guys just look costume-y and silly.

  • Kolja Kassner

    Great look, Ian!

  • TO

    Ian absolutely knocks it out of the park!!! Simple but so well executed. So refreshing to see a guy that sticks to exactly what he has found works for him and doesn’t waver, although I am sure he is always refining what that is. Never seems to wear trend pieces because ‘everybody else is doing it’. Can’t say enough good things.

    • TO

      Just clued in about the windowpane being the same fabric as the shirt yesterday- hard to believe! His suit looks amazing- would have been trippy if he wore the shirt as well!

  • James Wong

    Made me smile seeing Ian (aka S2B) back on the site, especially as I’ve started following him separately since you featured him last :)

    Matt’s look could be a legit “everyday man’s” look if it wasn’t for the trousers. He rocks the facial hair and hat well too though!

  • Jeanscuffed

    Amir Morgan is by far the best dressed of the bunch to me. I would have liked to see a wider brimmed hat to balance his Lebron stature lol. Not oversized but just a little wider. I’m glad he chose that type of shoe. I have some yellow woven ones JUST like that.

  • From Squalor to Baller

    Craig of Southwick always looks great. Glad to see him getting some love up here!

    • Tom

      What width tie is that? Somewhat pedantic but what do you think of 9CM ties vs. 8CM? Looking to buy my first few ties.


      • tommyjohn_45

        Looks to be a traditional 3″ tie.

        As for your tie purchase. Are you looking to pair them with suits? Typically speaking, the width of your tie should match the width of your lapel collar. If you don’t plan on wearing them with suits, but just with button up shirts, etc., it really is personal preference. As a taller, lean person (6″3 195lbs), I prefer slimmer ties like a 2.5″. I find wide ties look a bit clownish on me, especially since I wear slim cut suits. In my opinion, stalkier gents can pull off a wider tie much better than I can.

      • From Squalor to Baller

        If I thought that was pedantic I wouldn’t be a menswear nerd!

        I think it’s about 8.5 cm, but it’s notable that the tie doesn’t taper as much up the blade as many others (another factor that’s often overlooked), so it has a bit more presence on the body than other ties of similar width.

        8-9cm is all good, but I’m actually leaning toward 9cm for ties, collars, and lapels right now. Just really feeling the more substantial proportions, even on my thin frame (both the shirt collar and jacket lapel are 9cm in the photo).

        • DapperedHoo

          Ian–where is the navy blazer from if you don’t mind me asking?

  • Miguel

    Really like Gene and Ian.
    But the first gentleman (Michael) is also good, I’d probably bring his clothing to the tailor but I like the pieces.

  • Bryan S

    Definitely digging Gene and Ian, but surprisingly, I like the look on Matt, not that most people could be running around in pants like that.

  • Ali Naaseh

    The only ones that are remotely doable for anyone outside the industry are Ian’s and Craig’s. Props to them.

    • Ali Naaseh

      I take it back, Gene’s was dope too.

    • facelessghost

      Agreed. That windowpane suit looks incredible.

      • Daniel

        Isn’t the windowpane suit a little tight? It looks like there’s some pulling at the button. Is that something I should avoid?