McNairy is a really talented guy who is not afraid to innovate. That’s a fantastic quality. But when you experiment, you need people to critique your work and give you feedback. If everyone heaps praise on you or stays silent when what you have sucks, you get going in the wrong direction.
I like some of the stuff McNairy does (mainly the shoes), but I’ve never really tried to compare him to other “traditional” menswear brands. I think he’s mixing streetwear with traditional “go-to-Hell” menswear. I’m not personally one to get into the whole streetwear thing, but I can see someone who really likes that being excited about McNairy’s pieces. And while my style is somewhat conservative, I think some of his “fun” pieces would be of interest to me to incorporate.
Do I give McNairy a “pass”? Not really, as there’s definitely items I think look “bad” and I wouldn’t wear — but I don’t make it a point to NTB things I don’t like just because I find them unappealing. There are plenty of other people who want to be negative and “call people out” at every turn. I’d rather just scroll or click away and move on to find things I like and highlight those.