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, […]

Trendcasting: Chambray Shirts

So we’re all gearing up for Vegas over here at MR. While you’re there, look for the continuation of a workwear influence in contemporary apparel, especially with items like chambray and denim shirts. Here are some brands, styles and people that I saw during the New York market that have got this trend down. See […]

The New York Trade Shows

I was walking up Lexington Avenue to Project on Monday and saw “Voodoo Guru” written on the sidewalk in yellow chalk.  I didn’t think much of it, this is New York and someone is always promoting something on the sidewalks: bands, store openings, sometimes it’s simply drunken scribble… It didn’t occur to me that Voodoo […]

Flipping Out

The Saturday over Memorial Day weekend, Old Navy had a $1 flip flop promotion (marked down from their already promotional two pairs for $5). A friend of mine was leaving for Miami that afternoon and wanted to pick up a couple pairs for the trip. We went to the store in Astoria, Queens and when […]

Patiently Waiting

The highly anticipated British chain Topshop/Topman made its New York debut yesterday. The excitement was palpable and the line of people waiting to actually spend money was literally wrapped around the block. It may have been the six-month delayed opening, the free coffee distributed to the waiting hordes by neighboring store Madewell, the free samples […]

Cutting Costs at What Price?

Earlier this week I was on a market appointment with the president of a multi-brand showroom. He mentioned a recent meeting with a buyer from a high-end specialty department store. The buyer told him that he would only buy a particular European collection if the vendor drastically reduced his wholesale prices. The buyer explained that […]

The Signature Style of Mimmo

I first met Saks’ custom clothing specialist Domenico “Mimmo” Spano at a seminar when I was just an MR intern. When I ran into him again a couple months later in a subway station, I didn’t need to reintroduce myself—he remembered exactly who I was. At left, the author gets a smooch from Mimmo. Mimmo’s […]