MIAMI -- Retailers at the second edition of the International Jeanswear show here were looking mostly for trends, such as overalls, athletic stripe looks and loose, lighter-weight cargo pants for fall, as well as a return to the tighter fit in...
MIAMI -- Retailers at the second edition of the International Jeanswear show here were looking mostly for trends, such as overalls, athletic stripe looks and loose, lighter-weight cargo pants for fall, as well as a return to the tighter fit in five-pocket jeans.
Exhibitors had praise for the organization, display and vendor list but said they needed to see more buyers to make the show a success.
Some big names did walk the show, which ended its three-day run at the Miami Beach Convention Sunday. Buyers from Barneys New York, Ann Taylor, Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, Eaton's and Burdines plied the aisles full of reproductions of rustic country stores and gritty urban graffiti-sprayed walls.
On Friday afternoon, MGR chairman and chief executive officer Leonard Weinglass was meeting with a team of buyers in the 2,100-square-foot Replay booth.
At Replay, Weinglass and his Cignal team looked at long printed rayon dresses and wool sweaters with patchwork detailing.
"Can you give me 6,000 of these?" said William T. Kolber, vice president of sourcing and merchandising for MGR.
"No, because everything in this booth is closed," said a Replay sales executive.
"I think this is a great show, and I'll definitely be back next season," said Weinglass. Although he declined to talk about trends or business, he and a Merry-Go-Round buyer were discussing pending shipments of carpenter pants to 40 stores.
Izzy Ezrailson and Wendy Red, owners of Up Against the Wall and Commander Salamander, several stores in the Washington, D.C., area were shopping the show for the second time.
Red, who buys the women's lines, said she loved the show and had written 25 orders so far. She said she was working on her summer deliveries with her regular accounts.
As for trends, Red pointed out "denim skirts and dresses and drawstring pants in a lightweight denim" as important. Red believes layering, such as a T-shirt under a woven shirt under a vest will be a key trend for fall.
She said her open to buy was "up a little bit" and business is starting to pick up in the junior areas.
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