Contemporary: Slow & Steady

Pendleton Portland Collection

Careful planning spells success for contemporary retailers.

2013 Contemporary Survey

Contemporary Survey 2013

Smart retailers are taking risks to find a replacement for denim.

All shapes and sizes


While there’s no one trend in bags, the entire category is on fire!

The bolder the better

Colored denim

Elise Diamantini: Retailers build off the momentum of colored denim for 2013.

Beyond plaid: Contemporary retail survey


Elise Diamantini: There’s good news in contemporary business at retail. According to our survey of independent stores across the country, 85 percent reported increases in overall business.

Contemporary: Denim direction


Elise Diamantini: Bootcut styles and color are triggering new interest in denim.

Contemporary retail survey: Modern love


Who says there’s no excitement in the contemporary market? Retailers are reporting that business is “surprisingly good” and started picking up begining third quarter. Although they’re planning more modest increases for 2011, there is optimism that the momentum will continue. Between limited-edition collaborations, innovative social media marketing opportunities and cool product, there are many reasons […]

Contemporary trend forecast: Rugged revival


Americana, heritage, workwear…those were the buzzwords in the contemporary market for 2010. Older brands reinvented themselves and became new again and all the downtown cool kids picked up on it (Barbour or Red Wing, anyone?). And look at all the collaborations between traditional brands and contemporary stores. It happened on all levels of retail, from […]