LAS VEGAS — The uncertain economic climate may have impacted the mood somewhat at Project Las Vegas, but few would admit to a slowdown in their own businesses. In fact, most vendors struck an upbeat tone for the fall ’08 season, even as economists bandy about the word “recession” and retailers post record-low sales. Large swaths of consumers might not be able to pay their mortgages, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still spring for some retail therapy.
“I think people were a little more cautious generally, but our business was strong,” said Steven Birkhold, CEO of Diesel USA. “We were at Project showcasing the breadth of our product, from our core and fashion businesses to kids, intimates, accessories and bags. We can’t do anything about the exchange rate, which works against us, but our customers see the value in our details, fabric, construction and brand appeal.”
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