Las Vegas highlights

Tara Ocello and Jayme Thaler

If I seemed more relaxed this Vegas season it’s because I spent three days vacationing with my best friend in sunny Los Angeles before I arrived. That laid back LA lifestyle stayed with me throughout the four days of trade show craziness (and apparently continuing as I’m writing this blog) because I’m just keeping it […]

Contemporary roundtable: The boys club

Don Zuidema

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 […]

Not-so-hidden trend: Camouflage

Barbour

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 […]

New York Market Week: Covered in Color

Ones Stroke

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: Southern charm

David-and-David-Perlis

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: Local love

DickHite

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, […]

Godfry’s: Timing is everything

Heinz Ellrod

Godfry’s Heinz Ellrod knows first hand. “It was like throwing a party and no one shows up,” says Heinz Ellrod, founder and owner of Godfry’s, about opening a store during a recession. “We moved locations in October 2008—the exact worst time to ever open a store.” Luckily he and his wife Martha acted quickly and […]

Fred Segal: Man up

FredSegalMan

Fred Segal Man grows from within. How do three guys with virtually no fashion experience run one of the most successful men’s stores in California? “It’s kind of a funny story,” says Joey Gonzalez, co-owner of Santa Monica’s Fred Segal Man. “About 12 years ago I was a musician and basically a ticket broker for […]

David Wood: Three in a row

DavidWood-July2011-photo2

David Wood grows by relocating next door. “It keeps me up at night—I wake up at 2:30 a.m. worried about everything,” says David Hodgkins of David Wood in Portland, Maine. He’s talking about his latest move from the Upper Old Port section of Portland to Commercial Street, the hottest, most happening street on the city’s […]

Steal of a deal?

Groupon

Daily deal websites and consumers see great benefits, but do retailers? You know the deal—Groupon, Living Social, Facebook, Google—they all have their own version of the daily deal model that’s flooding inboxes with 50 to 90 percent off promotions at local bakeries, spas, restaurants, bars and retail stores. These sites are usually a win for […]