Miami, Florida-based footwear brand Del Toro looked farther south still for inspiration this fall ’16. The colors of Mexico, and appeal of Oaxaca, located south of Mexico City, inspired founder Matthew Chevallard’s latest men’s collection.
Shown at the brand’s pop-up store on Mercer Street during a New York Men’sFashion Week party, the offering was a diverse mix of men’s tried-and-true staples given a peppy, pseudo-preppy twist. An uptown funk for the downtown man, if you will.
Though he has yet to venture to Oaxaca himself, Chevallard said the spirit influenced his take on Belgian loafers, woven chukkas and natty smoking slippers.
“I recently started working with some friends in baseball who have been going there a lot,” said Chevallard, noting that he took cues from Oaxaca’s vintage car hues for a striking palette of pink, indigo, mustard and mint.
Standouts included a cafe au lait sneaker, track-sole chukka in marbleized rubber and a new woven leather construction on a laceup. Chevallard himself plans to wear the pink and green versions the most. “Growing up in Palm Beach, I won’t lie, I’m definitely drawn to these preppy signatures, but with a different spin.”
Overall, the collection showed Del Toro’s ever-increasing assortment and impressive ability to move forward from its mainstay velvet loafers into more daring, forward-thinking territory.