By and  on May 14, 2008

NEW YORK — Specialty stores' open-to-buys might be holding steady, but at this month's Moda Manhattan and FAME trade shows, buyers reported they are looking more before making decisions, waiting longer to place orders, and then only buying what they love — mimicking the behavior of their own shoppers.

If not ordering for immediate delivery, most buyers were scouting for fall, rather than holiday, at Moda and FAME on May 4 to 6 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Top-selling items were must-have novelty pieces that stood out in terms of color, shape or embellishment, and that didn't break the bank.

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