It feels like it was only yesterday that Harvey Nichols in Manchester was taken over by the team at Fresh Laces along with others selling and promoting their stuff. It was like an urban explosion, with the music pumping it almost felt like you were inside a nightclub. The only difference, instead of buy alcoholic drinks, people were buying things like jewellery, hats, caps, beanies, tshirts, keyrings and of course sneakers.
It was really interesting chatting to those who had stalls set up and finding out how they got started. You just never know how popular something is until other people want to pay for your product or service. This seemed to be exactly the case when speaking to many of those at the event. From custom jewellery and sneakers to own clothing ranges, these are just some of the things that started out as a bit of fun and it has now turned into a source of income for these guys.
So what exactly was on show? Well I’ll come to the sneakers in just a little bit. I’ll start of by mentioning the fine pieces of jewellery that was available on the stall by Elisha Francis, they looked simply amazing. There was custom caps from Sole Flesh. I was told that I could request more or less any design I wanted, as long as I explained what and how I wanted it, then it could be done. Keeping to the custom theme, Kicks on the Moon had a really good selection of custom sneaks. A few that stood out for me were the custom Nike Air Huaraches. I Want Your Sole had loads of sneaker key chains on show and what a selection it was.
Those that had rare and hard to get sneakers for sale ranging from Yeezy 2’s to Jordan’s were Mr Sneaker, Dimension London, Tapis Rouge UK, From Virginia, King of Trainers aka Trainerholic and Sultan Est. Their was amazing pieces of artwork available by Davo Howarth. The clothing line on offer from Benjart was unique. I will definitely be checking them out and looking to cop a few things for myself. And finally a sneaker and lifestyle event isn’t complete without knowing how to protect your sneakers, this is where Crep Protect provided the goods.
All in all it was a really good event. Props has to be given to all those at Fresh Laces and Harvey Nichols for getting the event together. I’m already waiting for the next event and will definitely try to make it to the next one.
Fresh Laces and Mr.D