NEW YORK — The standard black leather jacket and simple suede coat can still be found, but outerwear makers and retailers are trying to play up the more novel items in their collections.

Coat merchants and vendors were left with excess inventory last year when they banked on big numbers from basic black leather jackets. When the economy tanked last fall and the brisk fall weather that’s needed to drive outerwear sales blew into town as tropical breezes, the price-slashing followed and profits tumbled.

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