Tough Times for Men’s Wear? Designers Find a Workaround

As New York Men’s Day hits a decade, not even jackhammers, blistering heat or a challenging marketplace can keep good designers down.

You’ve maxed out your credit cards, asked your family for loans, begged vendors for favors, cajoled friends into sacrificing salaries to model for a day, and then suddenly it is New York Fashion Week and, with it, New York Men’s Day, the only chance some men’s wear designers will have to be seen.

Then, on the morning of your show, the impossible happens.

Without prior warning, the city sends in crews to jackhammer up the sidewalk outside the loft building where you’ve been allotted two hours, total, to give fashion

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