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Los Angeles-based designer Dina Bar-el is taking a second chance and relaunching her redesigned sportswear collection. Bar-el, who took a year off to deal with a personal illness, is taking her 11-year-old collection to a "younger designer" look with a contemporary attitude.
"We're in the process of rebuilding our market," explained Bar-el. "We've added dresses and bodysuits to the line, creating more product, in effect." This season, she is focusing on stretch fabrications such as polyester satin with Lycra spandex and cool wool with Lycra spandex. The colors are mainly silver, brown and black, with details such as embroidered lace, silver buttons and zipper hardware. Wholesale prices average $79 for a pair of pants to $175 for a jacket. The line is shown in room 11S118B.

Independent sales representative Karen Castles-Gray thinks she knows what her customers want and has created a line, Chelsea Gray, as part of her efforts to satisfy their requests. "I've developed relationships with my customers over the past 15 years, and I try to find lines that work for them. I couldn't find the right cotton knitwear line, so we've created one."
Her partner in the venture is Gail Steed. Together, they have created a sophisticated, relaxed group that focuses on strong color, stripe combinations and novelty patterns. Gray feels the line appeals to a broad range of customers that want a comfortable, practical, yet classic look. Wholesale prices range from $39 for easy pants to $84 for a jacket. Gray did the same thing two years ago when she introduced Caroline Kendrick, a line of feminine woven sportswear items, in response to buyers needs. Now, she is merchandising the two lines together with colors and silhouettes that intermix. Both are shown in room 11E113 in the mart.

The Gallery of Accessories is showing New York-based accessories designer Kaari Meng in its booth 1-2017 on the Plaza Level. Meng created the three-year-old line after years of collecting vintage jewelry. "I wanted to recreate the jewelry, but give it an updated appeal," she explained.
The line of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings all have a rich, aged feeling to them. She mostly works with vintage findings--glass, stones, bakelite, beads and crystal--that she mixes with oxidized copper, nickel and brass.
"The oxidation fades over time and the more it is worn, the more the jewelry looks like it is truly antique," she said.
Wholesale prices start at $12 for earrings and average $24 to $48 for necklaces.The showroom of Frank J. Brady & Sons has introduced an ecologically and politically correct line of sportswear called Earth Speaks. The Brooklyn-based company creates all its apparel through earth-friendly processes using natural fabrics such as cotton, hemp and silk. Buttons are all made from natural polished stones and nuts, and all hang tags and packing materials are made from recycled products that are biodegradable.
What sells the line, though, are the simple, unstructured shapes, comfortable cuts and earthy colors. Flowing sundresses, relaxed pants and a great long duster are all part of the collection. "It's a great weekend look and perfect for customers with size issues and fit problems," points out Stuart Brady.
The wholesale price range is from $39 for a vest to $99 for a duster. The Brady showroom is located in room 12E113.

The popular specialty store scarf company All that Glitters (ATG) is expanding its apparel division this year with dresses, pants, blouses and vests. The clothing is sold under the name Gail Garner for ATG Garner, who owns the San Francisco-based scarf company with her husband. She said that after dropping the chiffon skirts for which they became so known, they decided to move in a more environmentally friendly direction.They are using more natural fabrics, such as hemp, and more environmentally safe manufacturing processes. Their simple casual line averages between $17 and $55 wholesale.
Currently, their dress in a bag (right) is their hottest seller. Offered in seven fabrications, the dress comes in a drawstring satchel in a matching fabric. The scarves and apparel are available through The Gallery of Accessories Plaza Level 1-2017.

The independent multiline sales representative firm of Yes Yes Yes Inc. has appointed Ina Phillip Jolis sales manager for the Southeast. She will oversee all company sales, continuing to travel the eastern portion of the territory.
The showroom represents lines such as Joan Vass, Eileen Fisher, Garfield & Marks, Tabloid and Redford in the Southeast.It recently added the entire collection of Nicole Miller, including men's and women's accessories, to its roster.The showroom is located at 11 Baker St. in Atlanta.

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