E-Commerce: Two to Watch

These two European e-tailers are making their way in the U.S. Farfetch.com It’s a common misconception that it’s easy for independent specialty stores to build a web business. The start-up alone is a huge investment—in technology, hiring more staff, finding the time and managing the site. How can independents sell online without jeopardizing the brick […]

A Novel Idea

This has been a whirlwind of a week (and it’s not over yet!). One take-away from the New York market is that woven shirts are a key category for spring 2011. And in the contemporary market, it’s all about doing it a little differently. We’ve overdosed on plaid, and although it’s not going away anytime […]

Vegas Trends: Military Looks

Ironically, the day that I wrote the “Curing my Vegas Hangover” blog, I received what looked to be a hangover survival kit from Diesel. It arrived in a box equipped with Pop Chips, Vitamin Water, eye drops, aspirin, etc. as a way of promoting their new “Be Stupid” ad campaign. It came a bit late, but […]

Curing the Vegas Hangover

I’m back from Vegas and sorting through all of my notes and pictures, trying to make some sense of it all. (Those three days sure did fly by, right?) One major takeaway from the shows was the contemporary market’s continuing shift away from denim and T-shirts and towards a more dressed-up look. Here’s a look […]

Compass Kicks

History is repeating itself in menswear. During NY market, we saw the resurgence of heritage brands as a continuing trend for fall 2010. Not surprisingly, that same trend popped up in footwear. We stopped by the Compass shoe show at Manhattan’s Puck Building last week and saw brands offering updated versions of the styles that […]

More Finds at Vanguard and Capsule

Vanguard Checks are the new plaid at Culturata (although they had great plaid shirts too!) And Jacques Haggiag, pictured, says his checks are the perfect size. These 100 percent cotton shirts are woven and sewn in Italy and retail for about $179. Daniel Hechter sportswear debuted last fall and even though the timing was tough, […]

New at Vanguard and Capsule

There was a great vibe in New York last week. It was refreshing to see newness in all aspects of the market: new shows, new venues and new collections. MRket launched the more contemporary Vanguard show and Capsule expanded its downtown takeover at the Puck Building. Here’s a look at a few brands that caught […]

Feeling Gilty

Online sample sales are thriving because they offer consumers deep discounts on luxury goods with a click of the mouse. Gilt Groupe, arguably the fastest growing of its kind, started as a women’s sale site. Today it has evolved into a suite of sale sites that includes Gilt Man, selling men’s apparel and lifestyle goods, […]

Cali Casual

The epitome of California casual, Trovata designer John Whitledge started the brand out of his dorm room in 2002. The brand evolved quickly to become a key resource for Barneys, Nordstrom and New York’s Odin. At the Denise Williamson showroom last week, Whitledge walked us through the spring 2010 “Old California” themed collection and describes […]

Vegas Highlights

This trip to Vegas was a little different for me than usual. Without going into all the gory details…I was sick with tonsillitis, which caused me to miss a majority of the tradeshows (and my cousin’s wedding in Maine Labor Day weekend). Now that I’m back in New York and feeling a million times better, […]