LAS VEGAS — Economic challenges compelled retail buyers and exhibitors at WWDMAGIC to hone strategies — from opting for safe merchandise to jumping on rising trends — to help ensure they lessen the impact of a downturn.
Concerns about sales were evident Tuesday when the four-day trade expo kicked off at the Las Vegas Convention Center. But anxiety was mixed with hope among retail buyers and vendors that conditions would improve partly because of the economic stimulus package approved by Congress, which President Bush has said he will sign.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"