In its fourth installment, the 120-exhibitor Pool show, at the Alexis Park Hotel Aug. 24-28, continues to attract specialty buyers by word-of-mouth. The message of this show seemed to be unusual lines, and some buyers said the focus here was more on clothes, less on hype. While screen-printed T-shirts were prevalent, the number of women’s accessories and clothing lines swelled, and a shoe show made its debut in an adjacent conference room.

Amid club music and Ping-Pong tables, several new lines bowed, including London-based Soochi and Choosi, and a handful of fledgling Los Angeles lines — Touched, Inkd, Belka and Army Pink. Knickers, bias-cut dresses, asymmetric jersey tops and miniskirts sold well.

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