By  on September 15, 2010

NEW YORK — While most experts on the economy are forecasting continued difficulty, contemporary designers and executives at fashion labels see glimmers of hope as they prepare for the Fashion Coterie show.

Many exhibitors at Coterie, which is being staged at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from Sept. 21 to 23, are portraying a level of confidence not seen in fashion since before the financial crisis began in 2008. They based their mood on myriad factors, from recent summer trade fairs where buyers placed healthier orders than in past seasons, to trends that home in on color — just the kind of stimulant many say is needed in these grim times. That said, the recession blues aren't going away quite yet, and a slew of executives said caution remained high when discussing their spring outlook.

Many concurred that there is business to be had, but it takes much more work to get it. As a result, several Coterie exhibitors are using the show to introduce new elements to their business. They include:

• Expanding the range of wholesale prices to offer retailers lower entry price points.


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