WWD continues its series focusing on prominent reps at the Mart.
Federico Mariel & Associates Showrooms: 2F55 Principals: Federico Mariel Lines: Fitigues, Worlds Apart, Johnny Was, Margaret O'Leary
"The business right now is very immediates-driven. People aren't committing to big buys, either. The consumer, though, is looking for casual clothing. And that's what my showroom is all about. The variety of casual styles within my lines gives retailers a whole package, almost like a collection. The depth helps stores build customer loyalty to a given line, too." --Federico Mariel
Becca Bowen Accessories Showrooms: 4G47 Principals: Becca Bowen Lines: Misia, Streets Ahead, Pamela Levin, Planet Cadillac, International Jewelry Designs, Silkscapes, Heller Willette, 12/31 Berez, Thomas Wright, Crislu, Studio, Sauvageau, Eve France, Elizabeth Jackson
"We view every day as a market day. We're here to make the buyers' jobs as easy as possible. We ask our vendors to send weekly shipping invoices to list completion dates to monitor orders, and we call stores to be sure they get their goods. Following up is crucial." --Becca Bowen
Virginia Utt Sales Showrooms: 3313, 3420, 3C20 Principals: Virginia Utt Lines: Black Tie by Oleg Cassini, Black Tie Separates, Chetta B by Peter Noviello and Sherri Bloom, Noviello Bloom Suits, Givenchy en Plus, Arthur Kohler, Montage by Mosaic, Donna Ricco Dresses, Donna Ricco Petites, Donna by Donna Ricco, Nora Noh Silks, Robert James, Ever Beauty
"Stores are changing their mixes to meet the demands of the Nineties. They're still carrying better merchandise but adding less expensive lines, as well. To meet this demand, I'm also carrying goods that can be the bottom price point of a better store or the top price point of a moderate store." --Virginia Utt
Merle Gorman Associates Showrooms: 3G60, 3G58, 1135, 1G02 Principals: Merle Gorman and Gene Gorman Lines: Clichy, Susan Bristol, Peter Popovitch, Lanz, J Gallery, Bushwacker, EP PRO, Foxcroft, Jon Christy, Persona
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
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?"