By  on March 10, 2009

Retailers and vendors at two New York trade shows were candid about the challenges they’re facing in the shaky economy. But far from being defeated, they talked about how to adapt.

In their view, the recession requires companies to provide tip-top customer service, a greater emphasis on trunk shows, out-of-the-norm styles and sharp prices to get their newly spendthrift customers coming back. While not exactly lively, the mood at Designers at the Jumeirah Essex House and at Atelier Designs was determined. The former had a strong showing, with 48 resources represented at the three-day show, which closed Feb. 23. Several organizers and vendors at Atelier, which was held at the Double Tree Times Square during that same time, emphasized the need for optimism.

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