By  on February 26, 2009

Retailers seeking something new on the New York trade show scene headed to the Altman Building last weekend to check out Rendez-Vous.

The Paris-based show, which ended its three-day run here on Sunday, made its debut in New York this season in hopes of capturing more attention from retailers and vendors looking to add a bit of edginess to their contemporary stores. The show highlighted about 60 apparel and accessories brands from the U.S. and abroad.

Kaori Yamaguchi, a buyer from the Tokyo-based buying office Itochu Fashion System Co. Ltd., said she was looking for some new apparel pieces to introduce to her clients. She said she found some of what she liked — especially at the Nouveau showroom, although she didn’t place orders.

“I was so excited to hear that Rendez-Vous was coming to New York,” said Yamaguchi. “I am in New York for all of the shows happening here now, so now I won’t have to travel to Paris in March for the next show.”

Rita Brookoff, owner of the Legacy store in SoHo, said she was also happy to see Rendez-Vous in New York, but was only browsing this time around.

“I’m not buying a single thing until after the shows happen in Europe,” Brookoff said. “But I have to say, I am happy to see that people are working with us in this economy by lowering prices and being more flexible with minimums.”

On the exhibitor front, Audrey Gingras, founder of the New York-based Archetype showroom, said she normally shows her mix of apparel and jewelry products at the Rendez-Vous show in Paris, but plans to sit that one out next month since the brands she represents are looking to cut back on their spending.

“The show has been quite busy,” said Gingras. “Stores have definitely been more price conscious and are on the look-out for statement pieces.”

She said buyers have been gravitating toward her Paris-based April 77 sportswear collection of denim jeans, jackets and knit and woven tops, especially since the line wholesales at $300 and under. Stores also liked the Orange County, Calif.-based Quail statement pieces, such as the printed silk evening gowns and shimmery acrylic blazer. The Quail line wholesales from $25 to $113.

Meanwhile, Danielle Snyder, co-founder of the New York-based Dannijo jewelry line, said she was doing well with Eighties-inspired statement necklaces, which were seen on the Trovata runway earlier that week.

“We are only about one year old, so being on the runway was huge for our business,” Snyder said. “Stores have been coming here asking specifically for that jewelry.”

The Dannijo collection is comprised of a range of metals, vintage beads and crystals, ropes and chains. The collection wholesales from $36 to $250.

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