By  on October 20, 2010

Buyers were busy placing orders for spring dresses and casual sportswear at Moda Manhattan, also held at the Javits Center.

“Overall, the buying at the September shows was surprisingly brisk,” said Britton Jones, chief executive officer of Business Journals Inc., sponsor of Moda, Fame and AccessoriesTheShow, which ran Sept. 21 to 23. “Retailers are still spending their open-to-buy very judiciously and after carefully researching the market. However, when they find what they can sell with a high degree of confidence, they are definitely buying it.”

Betty Dayan and Monique Gootkin, co-owners of All Dressed Up in Rye Brook, N.Y., were shopping for dresses for spring and prom.

“We do a lot of buying at this show,” said Dayan, who noted they’ve been busy at the store outfitting teens with sweet 16 and bat mitzvah attire. Dayan said she buys from such vendors as Decode 1.8 and Vu, which “has magnificent dresses in all silk.” She also likes some of their “funky, fitted dresses.”

“We try and create our own hot sellers,” said Dayan. “I like to find new things that are different. We’re soup to nuts for every occasion.”

Darby Rush, co-owner of Kiskadee, a women’s specialty boutique in Alexandria, Va., said, “We’re looking for great designs at a great price.” Rush said she picked up a few things at Sixth Alice, which were “easy spring throw-ons.” She also liked the dresses at Maggy London. Angie Maglio, owner of Dress Up Time, a specialty store in northeast Philadelphia, said she was finding things from Rina di Montella and Mon Cheri.

“We’re seeing very elegant looks,” said Maglio. “Business is good. I wish it could be better.” Louise Weisbord, owner of From Louise’s Closet, an at-home shopping service in New York, said she likes the “swing, A-line vendors” and was finding nice dresses at Kathleen Sommers. “I also love London Times from Maggy London and Donna Morgan’s dresses,” said Weisbord.

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