By  on January 25, 2012

Toggle coats, Fair Isle knits, tweed sport coats and unique accessories like vividly colored bags were key trends at the ENK NYC show staged earlier this week. The improved retail climate led buyers to take more chances on fashion and expand their buys beyond safe, key items, said showroom owners.

“Retailers are breathing a little easier because their customers are worrying a little less about their jobs,” said Jon Kalupa, president of the Avalon Group showroom, which represents Fred Perry, D.S. Dundee and the Michael Bastian for Randolph Engineering eyewear line. “Buys are starting to broaden a little more. Inventory management has been the mantra of the day — and it still is, to a degree — but buyers are taking some more chances.”

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