By  on April 29, 2008

Spring business started late in Texas as unseasonably cool weather impacted shopping in March. It began to pick up this month, led by dresses, item tops and skirts, and retailers are optimistic that the season will end well. Color has been important, but prints have had a mixed reception.

"March was a little tricky, and April has been fantastic," said Brian Bolke, co-owner of Forty Five Ten, which specializes in avant-garde designer fashions and has eliminated lower price points. "As usual, the vendors who got their shipping together early have really performed the best." They included Pringle of Scotland, which Bolke praised for its "not scary" prices of $895 to $1,495, plus Dries Van Noten and Marni.

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