Shirlenes Talk of the Town,
Boca Raton, Fla.
Arline Aaron, owner
“We sell jewelry, handbags and belts. We have a variety of contemporary and classical items that range from $50 to $200. Some of our lines are Sherry Dori, Leatherock and Borsabella. Leatherock is our bestseller. Their handbags are hot, as are their sterling-silver belts with buckles. I think this spring women are going to buy more silver and pastel colors like peach and pink and a lot of white. A lot of gauzy, sheer accessories are going to be worn, too. I think we’re moving toward a more slimmed-down look. The days of the palazzo pants are gone — so jewelry is getting smaller and prettier.”
Shop of the Ragpicker,
Winston Salem, N.C.
Mary Annecelli, owner
“Our style is a little of both contemporary and traditional, but more on the contemporary side. Our lines include Chase Adams, Ann Cichon, Ann Klein, Bernie of New York and Michael Tarillion. We like to keep our price points below $150. All of our lines sell well; I don’t think we have one best-selling line. Right now, I’m selling a lot more scarves. Women are using scarves to accessorize more so than necklaces. Gold and silver mixed are still among the hot sellers for the spring. Pastels are showing up here and there, but I think our customer likes more vibrant colors.”
The Sophisticated Swine,
Don Daniels, an owner
“We carry belts, handbags, jewelry, hats, pictures and even furniture — sofas, chairs and tables from Timberline. We sell a little bit of both traditional and contemporary items. Most of our customers are looking for that trendy look. Some of our lines include Whitthall & Shon, Streets Ahead, Kaminski Hats, Lauren J. and Erwin Pearl, which is our best-selling line. Their belts and jewelry have the fastest turnover. I think spring-summer calls for a lot of color; yellow, pinks and blues are all hot.”
Celebrity on Paces, Atlanta
Dotsie Baker and Peggy Griffin, owners
“Some lines that we carry are Donald Stannard, Raoul, Zipkin, Peggy Whitfield and Aldona. We sell handbags, belts, jewelry, scarves and hats. Our store sells mostly traditional things. We are trying some pinks for the spring since pastels are very popular. Jewel tones have been the leader for a while. Most of our customers like strong, bold colors, but I think the styles from the Fifties are coming back, too — pastel jewelry, smaller symmetric purses — so we’re trying some. People don’t want the same purse year after year, and this is the change for spring ’95.”
Peach Tree Inc., Lancaster, S.C.
C.B. Mathis, Emily Stacks, owner
“We specialize in high tech formal and evening accessories. We have items made for certain gowns. Our things are contemporary; we leave the traditional stuff to department stores. Right now, there is a movement toward simplicity, as far as design and fabric are concerned. Jewelry is more refined. Just because a woman is going to something formal doesn’t mean that she has to be beaded from head to toe. Primary colors are still strong. The pastel colors that designers are trying to push are hard to work with. You can just do more with primary colors.”