By  on September 11, 2012

Despite concerns about consumers’ inclination and ability to spend, retailers are looking forward to next week’s Coterie at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here, optimistic in the hunt for the newness their clients crave — and organizers are beefing up assortments and categories to help them find it.

Tops on specialty stores’ shopping lists are clothes that appeal to a broad audience — perhaps somewhat older in age but not in attitude — casual denim, accessories and lots of dresses.

Sarah Shendow, vice president and ladies’ buyer at Bell’s Fine Clothing in Winchester, Va., uses the Coterie to shop vendors that don’t have showrooms in Manhattan. She’ll be looking for tops, which have outperformed bottoms.


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