Elise Diamantini:The Natsun Group (who owns and produces the Paul Betenly brand for the States) invited me to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary in China.
After 19 years of working in corporate America for the Gap, Todd Barket, like many people during the recession, lost his job. Barket took the opportunity to live out his American dream and opened Unionmade in San Francisco, Calif. “When I opened the store, few men’s specialty stores carried aspirational brands.” Of course, that’s since […]
Who better to conquer Fashion’s Night Out with than my favorite shopping buddy Jamel. We decided to avoid the downtown madness and hit up the Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel festivities on 29th and Broadway. Together they hosted the Argentinean-inspired el mercado de carnaval de Opening Ceremony. The Carnival was held inside the lobby […]
Specialty store retailers share insight into the changing contemporary market. Many retailers are reporting positive results in contemporary business for 2011. Have you been experiencing similar increases? What do you attribute them to? Todd Epperley, Halls: Yes, our contemporary business is up high single digits. Contemporary as we’ve known it has changed dramatically. The modern […]
A lot of my pre-Vegas conversations focused on what retailers were searching the spring 2012 market for. Over and over again I heard echoes of “less plaid” and “what’s after heritage?” (You can read September’s contemporary retail roundtable here.) We’re starting to see camouflage prints hit the floor for fall and based on what I […]
Running around the city in the dead of summer during New York market week doesn’t always leave you feeling refreshed (rather sticky, sweaty and in major need of a shower!). Luckily enough, I saw a lot of refreshing product that kept me energized on my search of finding what’s new and next in contemporary. Now […]
Perlis is selling menswear with a side of crawfish. Imagine this scenario: you’re a menswear retailer in the South. You sell close to 5,000 Lacoste polo shirts a year, and then all of a sudden Lacoste drops your account, and Polo Ralph Lauren won’t sell you either. What is a merchant to do? That’s exactly […]
Norton Ditto finds more success just outside of Houston Before I can ask Dick Hite my first question, the proud owner of Norton Ditto exclaims, “The Woodlands store is on fire! We’ve seen 20 percent increases each month since it opened two years ago.” Hite attributes much of that growth to the location, a young, […]