Karen Alberg Grossman: Today’s Fraas accessories press preview showcased exactly the kind of men’s spring scarves that MR has been touting for ages.
While not a banner year for accessories, 2010 showed some marked improvement over 2009, and optimism prevails in 2011. “Slim” and “soft” were the key drivers in all categories and vendors did a good job of calling out these changes in their marketing materials. “Stores are very supportive of men’s accessories,” observes Rick Luft of [...]
Retro Revival: Vintage styles make a comeback for spring 2012. By Elise M. Diamantini The Vision Council’s March 2011 online consumer study called “Vision Watch” reported that 95.2 million (83 percent) of U.S. men over 18 years old wear sunglasses. These stats prove a healthy market and for spring 2012, retailers should take advantage of [...]
Happy Feet: The colorful world of socks. by John Jones The latest NPD figures indicate that most men’s socks are bought at mass merchants—nearly 56 percent (in units) in the year ending May 2011. National chain and specialty stores come in next with about ten percent each. Seven percent were bought at off-price retailers. In fact, [...]
Hat Tricks: Up the style quotient, and the bottom line… By Hannah Roth Nothing adds attitude to a look like the right hat, and nothing has boosted margins in recent seasons like men’s headwear for those stores smart enough to go after this business. After all, due to its modest pricetag and overall street cred, [...]
Technically Speaking: What’s in your wallet? By Amy Sciaretta Consumers are saying goodbye to bulky wallets and hello to sleek and colorful styling. The category has taken a turn for the better with bold color and shape. Brights are taking the stage this season across price categories. Daring patterned linings add an element of surprise [...]
Go Go Gadget… Retailers search for the perfect accessories to complement tech items. By Elise M. Diamantini No man can resist a cool new gadget. And as new electronics are continuously introduced to the mainstream, menswear retailers have a new market to explore. Nordstrom’s David Witman says this category is growing fast for them. “We [...]