BOBBI KURTZ, OWNER, RUNWAY, DEERFIELD, ILL.
Where she shops: “Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas.”
Secret finds: “I have an exclusive on a high-quality cocktail line consisting of sequined tops and taffeta skirts.”
Tried-and-true lines: “We carry BCBG Max Azria, Laundry, Parasuco, Trina Turk, Michael Stars, Jenne Maag, Drama, William B., Cambio, Vitamina and Extreme for the latest jewelry trends like mesh cuffs or lariats.”
Current bestsellers: “Sweater coats, cashmeres, leather, suede, novelty denim, long skirts, black, chocolate brown, all shades of green from kiwi to olive, pumpkin, all different pants lengths, turtlenecks, V-necks, bustiers, lace, dangling earrings, toe rings, hip slung belts, shearlings, novelty suits with piping or leather trim, sequined shawls, totes, chenille scarves, tweed and plaid.”
Favorite showrooms: “Mike Stevison, who has the most active, fun showroom; Bernice Burg; Karin Berger; Statements; Boe Chmil; Studio Elle; Helen Newman, and Bonnie Atlas.”
Biggest challenge at the Chicago Apparel Center: “None. My reps are attentive, polite and helpful. I have nothing but good things to say.”
October market agenda: “I think StyleMax is a wonderful show. It brings all the lines from Los Angeles and New York to one convenient room. I’ll buy one-third of my spring. Since I’ve only been open for six months, I can’t predict the status of my open-to-buy.”