The trolley shuttled myself and few others to the venue which was the Kings County Distillery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The ambiance was so on point! There was an outdoor runway set up with seating and gift bags (remember those?) in front of a fashionably industrial building with a dimly lit exterior. The building housed the distillery and when I stepped inside I felt as if I'd walked into a GQ photoshoot with the wood and brick interior and CAT boots and shoes displayed on wooden shelves amongst whiskey bottles containing varying levels of the fiery liquid. Of course after being there for a half hour I learned the event was called "Footwear & Firewater". Yeah, I have to get better at that reading until the end of the email thing. In another room, stacks and stacks of small barrels full of aged whiskey were stored and on display. It was quite amazing. G-d I love New York.
After sipping the whiskey and taking in the footwear, we were led to the main event. The runway show. What does a runway show put on by a construction company look like? Pretty damn good! The music, the atmosphere and the production rivaled some of the better shows I've seen at New York Fashion Week, truly. The models, both male and female, wore denim on denim ensembles of chambray shirts and raw jeans courtesy of LA-based Agave Denim while they modeled the shoes and boots. I think that would be my only complaint. I understand the focus was on the shoes but I thought the clothing was a little toooo uniform and didn't give enough of an idea of all the different looks the shoes can go with. But other than that, it
was superb and tightly produced. A few pleasant surprises were the appearance of NASCAR crew chief Luke Lambert as a runway model. He walked in the 'Phantom' and the 'Abe Canvas' boots. Up-and-coming singer/musician Tyler Hilton also walked in the show modeling the 'Haverhill' and the 'Vinson'. Representing the ladies, the DJ for the night, DJ GENE (anyone else notice all the female DJ's at fashion events?) walked in two of my favorite styles the 'Carlene' and the 'Helena' (not available yet).
After the show was over we were given an additional goodie. Tyler Hilton sang two of his songs while playing guitar and he was amazing. His new CD was in the gift bag and I am for sure going to download it into my iTunes. As I left the event on the trolley (yes inner giddiness ensued), I thought to myself, I'm going to contact CAT and see if I can get my hands on a pair of shoes for a feature. But wouldn't you know. I looked in the gift bag and there was a gift card for a free pair. So of course I ordered them first thing this morning. There is no waiting when it comes to shoes. Can I get an Amen. I ordered the 'Kendra' boot (right). I thought they'd be a nice pair of rugged, statement-making snow boots for New York City winters. What do you think about my choice?