NEW YORK — The outerwear season started out strong, slumped in the middle, and has picked up steam rolling into Christmas. Here’s a look at some of the winners and losers.
Active outerwear: The leader of the pack from Burlington Coat Factory to Saks Fifth Avenue. Microfiber hooded anoraks and down-filled coats top the hit list.
Wools: If it was casual and sporty, it sold well. If it was too basic, it bombed.
Leather: Better than last year. Simple, casual looks scored at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, but it was soft elsewhere.
Shearlings and suedes: Rugged-looking shearlings were hot in the Northeast, but cool in the Midwest. Soft colorful suedes had their moments.
Rainwear: On the endangered-species list. For the third year in a row, rainwear drowned in a sea of disinterest.
Cashmere: Prices were up, sales were down, but still did OK.
Fake fur: Faux Persian lamb coats made their way from the runways to the cash registers. Fake-fur trims were all over the place.