Supported by the strength of a cult following of dedicated, fashion‐forward young men around the globe, designer Mark McNairy has risen from an under‐the‐radar favorite to a driving force in contemporary American style with his new collection of menswear and footwear, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam. Defined by a strong sense of sartorial history with an eye fixed on the future, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam is the result of the designer’s vast knowledge of American and English tradition and complete dedication to craftsmanship.
McNairy’s first solo foray into the American menswear scene came in 2008 with the debut footwear collection from Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, comprised of classic men’s shoes spiked with a decidedly modern edge. Adoration from influential tastemakers and press in the world’s most prestigious fashion publications soon followed, praising McNairy as much for his designs as for his commitment to local manufacturing. The entirety of the Mark McNairy New Amsterdam line is produced exclusively in the US and UK, including use of a traditional shoe factory in Northamptonshire, England.
Not one to slow down after the success of his footwear range, the designer introduced men’s apparel to the Mark McNairy New Amsterdam label for Fall 2010. In line with his unique design aesthetic, the menswear collection is a modern take on the traditional – think nylon coach’s jackets paired with silk ties, and oxford cloth shirts worn with cargo shorts. For the discerning consumer unafraid of irony, the clothes each have their own subtly intelligent design flourishes, and are all proudly manufactured in small factories in the USA.
In addition to his eponymous collections, McNairy also designed for two of the most venerable and iconic American brands, J. Press and Bass. As the Creative Director of J. Press from 2005‐2010, McNairy revitalized the century‐old label by introducing an updated collection of sportswear and tailored clothing to the brand’s portfolio. In 2009, beloved heritage label Bass recruited McNairy to revamp the classic Weejun loafer in limited run. Produced in the company’s Maine‐based factory, McNairy’s designs for Bass have introduced the legendary brand to niche, top tier retailers such as Barney’s New York, Opening Ceremony and Jeffrey. As of today, McNairy serves as creative director for Woolrich Woolen Mills. Since taking over the position from his good friend Daiki Suzuki, of Engineered Garments fame, McNairy has repositioned the cult brand as a melting pot of Ivy and military styles to much fanfare.