By and  on February 15, 2011

LOS ANGELES — After seasons of playing it safe, buyers at the recent Los Angeles market reported they were devoting more of their budget to new lines and unique merchandise to put consumers in a shopping mood.

At the four-day market, retailers — ranging from Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Belk and Dillard’s to Kitson, Diane Merrick and Boulmiche — visited the showrooms housed in the California Market Center, New Mart and Cooper Design Space to shop summer and pre-fall collections. The market also featured the trade shows Designers & Agents and Focus, as well as a new entry called Select, which took over the California Market Center venue vacated last year by New York-based Brighte Companies. Store owners and buyers largely described business as decent or good during the holiday season and early 2011, but sales improvement didn’t translate into an ordering surge.

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