NEW YORK — While most of the 697 exhibitors at ENK International’s Intermezzo trade show here brought back their fall collections, some of them were ready for holiday.
About 7,500 retailers attended the show, which ended its three-day run at the Show Piers here May 4. Attendance and exhibitor numbers were up over last year, when there were 686 exhibitors and 7,000 retailers attending.
“Some people have a few new things, but overall I’m not seeing enough,” said Marcie Vort of the Great Neck, N.Y.-based high-end contemporary shop Stacey’s Place. “There are a lot of ponchos and tweed items, which are nice, but really I came here hoping I would see more new things.”
Vort’s partner, Stacey Polacco, agreed: “This has to be the quietest I have ever seen this show.”
Despite the complaints about the lack of new items, select booths were buzzing. Michael Stars and C&C California’s booths were consistently packed as buyers updated their orders for bright color T-shirts. James Jeans was also busy writing orders for its new black denim jeans and trouser pencil skirts.
How & Wen was ready for holiday and its items sold well. While the contemporary sportswear brand is best known for its pants and jackets, booking for holiday was the jersey draped top and skirts in colors like soft pink and black, a sequin-detailed dress in gold and pink, and tuxedo pants with crystal button details. Also booking well was the cashmere wrap sweater, accented with a crystal pin. The How & Wen collection wholesales from $49 to $130.
Stefani Toonkel-Greenspan, the creative force behind Priorities T-shirts, said she was booking her new holiday styles of bright color T-shirts printed with sayings like “Carbs are so last year,” “Manolo is my homeboy” and “Google Me.” But booking the best for the holidays were the shirts that said “Haute Chocolate” and “Hot & Sour.” The line wholesales from $20 to $24.
Cousin Johnny’s knits were booking well for the season, despite the fact the holiday collection was stuck in Customs and didn’t make it to the show. However, key items were the acrylic pom-pom accented ponchos and cotton ponchos, vintage-inspired embroidered cardigans and cotton cardigans with ribbon detail. The Cousin Johnny line wholesales from $34 to $88.
— Julee Greenberg