JANUARY BESTSELLERS: Even though January is a clearance month for a lot of stores, the junior departments did have some early spring hits. Here, a spot check.
At Macy’s West, early bestsellers include a combination outfit, rayon slipdress, baby T-shirt and denim vest from All That Jazz for $60; Necessary Objects’ nautical look, sailor pants for $48 and cropped jacket for $54 in navy gabardine; denim embroidered overalls from LEI for $39 and Danni Michaels’s rayon faille pantsuits in ivory and navy for $60.
At Up Against the Wall, the junior specialty chain based in Washington, D.C., black and white striped knit polo shirts from Objects D’Art are selling well at $24. The johnny collar shirt in nylon from XOXO and in rib knit from Jalate are checking at $18 to $20.
Jalate’s black rib-knit top with white collar and cuffs at $15 to $20 is also a bestseller.
At Parisian, based in Birmingham, Ala., all the embroidered T-shirts and styles with cutout hearts and stars are an early spring seller. Denim A-line skirts from Guess and New Sport are also checking.
At J. C. Penney Co., Arizona brand T-shirts in stripes and enzyme-washed styles were big sellers at $10 to $13; Arizona denim jumpers at $20 and denim shorts at $15 to $20 were both checking well.
At Macy’s East, early spring sellers include XOXO’s black polyester cuffed trouser for $34 and an A-line panel pleated miniskirt with skinny belt for $29, and screen-printed T-shirts with celestial and daisy prints from Rampage, Full Circle and Free Fall for $15 to $18.
Also selling well is a red bandanna-print wrap top and sarong skirt from Ultra Pink at $18 each. Knit dresses are also hot, especially a daisy screen-printed style from All That Jazz and an Empire polo version from Zanoni.
At Kmart Corp., the baby T-shirt continues to be strong, especially in ribbed styles. The five-pocket jean also remains a leader. In Kmart’s Southern stores, spring rayon slipdresses and wrapper-style dresses are checking.
FRITZI’S NEW PAD: Fritzi California, the 40-year-old San Francisco-based women’s sportswear company, has moved to a 12,500-square-foot showroom on the second floor of 1407 Broadway from a showroom on the 15th floor of the same building. The new showroom, designed by James D’Auria, has gray French limestone floors accented by blond woods.
The firm’s junior labels are My Michelle and You Babes. The misses’ labels are Jaclyn T and Jaclyn Bené. Fritzi has other showrooms in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
YES SHRINKS LOSS: Yes Clothing Co. narrowed its loss to $967,000 in the third quarter from $2.09 million a year ago.
In the quarter ended Dec. 31, sales climbed 35.7 percent to $7.2 million from $5.3 million. The junior and denim sportswear company previously said it would report “a material loss” in the latest quarter.
Georges Marciano, former designer, co-founder and chairman of Guess Inc., recently acquired an 80 percent stake in Yes for some $6 million in cash and notes.
In the nine months, the company widened its loss to $2.05 million from $1.6 million in the year-ago period. The latest period includes an insurance recovery of $63,000, while year-ago results include insurance recoveries of $1.65 million. Sales during this period rose 14.9 percent to $23.5 million from $20.5 million.