By and  on July 8, 2010

PARIS — Mirroring the trends seen on the Paris runways, highlights at the men’s boutique trade shows here last month included technical fabrics and workwear. Among the key items were trenchcoats and washed linen shirts, with barely a suit in sight.

Retailers were largely impressed. “The market is very strong this season,” said Wanda Colon, vice president and divisional merchandise manager of men’s Co-op for Barneys New York, while browsing Capsule’s new Garage Turenne venue.“We’re going into the season with great energy and bringing in new brands,” she said, citing military, tailoring, navy, heavy sweaters and the varsity jacket as key directions for the season.

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