ATLANTA — Specialty store retailers shopping the Atlanta Apparel Market last week projected a robust 2017 after ending 2016 with increased sales.The show, held at the Atlanta Apparel Mart for four days ended Sunday, "started out with a bang and finished strong,” said Mary Sullivan, senior vice president, leasing, AmericasMart. “There’s a lot of positive energy going into 2017.”Permanent showrooms reported a record number of appointments and buyers with strong open-to-buys, she added.Charlie Brown, president of Karlie, said, “Buyers are buying deeper into their better selling lines, and they’re testing new lines.” He added that the show was steady and strong.Caron Stover, vice president of apparel trade show sales at AmericasMart, said the temporary showroom area was up 17 percent over the show a year ago and that 26 percent of the increase came from new companies. The Mart expanded temporary exhibitors, mostly young contemporary, onto the fifth floor, adding 7,000 square feet of space. The Mart opened three new showrooms and had three showroom expansions.Buyers focused on summer, but a few also bought fall.“There are a lot of the same trends from last year,” said Morgan Ramage, fashion manager at AmericasMart. Key trends, she said, include stripes and florals, gingham and denim, mini handbags, the color green, oversize earrings, pendant necklaces, romantic and sheer blouses, off-the-shoulder and open shoulders, platform shoes, mules and slides. Others, said buyers, are loose, comfortable fabrics; bright, pastel and neutral colors; dresses, asymmetric and cutaway tops, and fun sunglasses.The Mart again featured its emerging-designer section, which included Moonlight Makers apparel, Jenny Threads eco-friendly apparel and accessories, Purseption see-through handbags and The BodyBlouse.Penny Vaigneur, owner of Copper Penny in Charleston, S.C., which has six units, focused on fall and transition to fall. Summer is all about tops, she said, as well as cold and off-shoulders and bell sleeves in tops and dresses, and she sees that going into fall. Other trends include fringed-bottom denim in dresses and tops, and chokers and layered necklaces.Copper Penny finished 2016 with a sales increase, despite being closed for a week because of Hurricane Matthew. “We’re very optimistic about 2017 because we had an excellent start,” Vaigneur said.LeeAnne Swor, owner of L. Boutique in Sarasota, Fla., reported increased sales in 2016 and has increased her open-to-buy around 12 percent for 2017.“People were a little nervous about the election, but we did well,” she said.Swor bought summer, focusing on embroidery and lace, and distressed looks, including cashmere and jeans.Robert Trapp, president of Trapp and Co. in Kansas City, Mo., bought sleeveless dresses for spring and summer, flared long tops, and a lot of color from hot pink to dove gray and various shades of green. He also started buying fall, especially sweaters.“The offerings are very good,” he said, noting cowl-necks, lacing on sleeves and leather patches.He also booked feminine looks, jackets and cashmere.“We’re coming off a good 2016, and the momentum should keep going,” he said.Maryalice Keller, owner of Scout & Molly's Boutique in Sarasota, opened her store in March and said sales are up to expectations.“I find that customers are a little more budget conscious since the first of the year, but I’m still optimistic,” she said.Keller said her customers are conscious about vegan and eco-friendly fabrics and apparel made in the U.S. In addition to other trends, she looked for purses that can charge a cell phone.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)