Michael Macko (as previously featured here) is a seasoned veteran with over 25 years of experience in the menswear game. He has held titles such as Fashion Director at DETAILS magazine and Vice President of Fashion, PR & Events for Mens & Home at Saks Fifth Avenue.
We caught up with the menswear consultant & stylist at the MRket Show, where he’s in charge of hand-picking the up-and-coming designers to be highlighted in a distinguished section of the tradeshow called the Vanguards Gallery.
“The idea was to create an incubator for new and emerging designers, those just starting out or launching in the US for the first time. For our first show we found 8 brands that we believed in…five seasons later we have 34.
I think what we offer in the Vanguards Gallery that no other show is able to provide is one-on-one mentorship. I use my experience in the fashion, retail and media industries to work with the brands and help them prepare for a great show. We don’t just sell and assign them a booth and wish them luck…We make sure they are ready to do business.
The greatest personal satisfaction from my work with the show is when one of the brands highlighted in the Vanguards Gallery gets picked-up by a retailer and I know that I’ve helped keep the menswear business that I love so much going.”
The team and I were wondering what a menswear curator, consultant and collector wears to the “office”… So here’s what Michael wore to grease the wheels of the menswear machine during the three-day MRket show.
1. Nerdy Cool
“Over 10 years ago when I was told to start wearing glasses it took me over a year to find the perfect frame. I settled on the Moscot Lemtosh, they are the perfect marriage of nerdy and cool and are the glasses that Truman Capote, James Dean and now Johnny Depp. I own them in every color they make.”
“I designed this denim lapel flower with my friends at Hook & Albert, since one of my clients wanted to give them out as gifts for visiting their showroom. They had not done a denim flower up to that point and it was a huge success. They’ve since put it in their collection… I love being part of the design process.”
“If I’m wearing a suit and tie I usually like to dress it down as much as possible, and I think these Yuketen moccasins do that. Plus when you’re on your feet for 10 hours a day at a trade show you need comfortable footwear.”
- Glasses by Moscot “Lemtosh”
- Khaki Cotton Suit by Michael Bastian
- Plaid cotton shirt by Michael Bastian
- Lapel Flower by Hook & Albert
- Red Zebra-Print Bow tie by Pierrepont Hicks
- Belt by Hermes
- Kiltie Mocassins by Yuketen