INDEPENDANTS' DAY WWD SPOTLIGHTS THE MART'S TOP REPS AS PART OF OUR CONTINUING SERIES.
The Gallery of Accessories Principals: Patricia L. Holton and Earl C. Jones Showroom: I-2017 Years in market: 10 Lines represented: Lily Rose, Arlon, Asil by Lisa Graves, All That Glitters Scarves, M.E. Stuart, Kaari Meng, Giorgio Armani hosiery and socks, Gloria Parks, Richard Forbes, and Linea Pelle
"We put a lot of time into scouting our lines, looking anywhere between New York and California. Our customer is a high-end specialty store that wants something unusual and not mass-produced. We try and find something the customer will pass down to their children. We also believe, if you take the extra step for the customer, they will appreciate it and always remember you."--Patricia L. Holton and Earl C. Jones
Creative Collections Principal: Cora Taylor Showroom: 8S 118B Years in market: 6 months Lines represented: Creative Collections
"At Creative collections, we seek the current trends and try to incorporate them into our collection. We then try to guide our customers. We are not just here to take an order. I personally attend each market so that I can be there for the buyers. Our reputation of service and friendliness has, in fact, earned our bags the name 'happy bags."' --Cora Taylor
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)