During March market at Atlanta Apparel, It’s a Kidsworld magazine’s Caryn Salomon shared the top children’s trends for Fall/Winter 2015/2016. We took those insights and found examples in showrooms across the 13th floor. Here’s a peek at some of our favorite fashions. Wildly … Continue reading →
Centuries before becoming a popular fashion basic in the U.S., tweeds and plaids were staples of the good people of Scotland and Ireland. Tweed was almost an early form of camouflage, created in muted tones to help hunters and outdoorsmen blend into the landscape. Fabrics popular among the working classes evolved to a favorite of aristocrats and now span the fashion spectrum from the style runways to the great outdoors.
For the fall 2015 season, exhibitors at Atlanta Apparel presented an array of fashion-forward collections incorporating the classics in updated looks. The most traditional versions – still created to outfit those who want to stylishly enjoy outdoor pursuits are done in fresh colors with striking accents.
For more urban aficionados, contemporary cuts and detailing updates the traditional fabrics into completely modern pieces. From adding embroidery to reinterpreting the look using other fabrics to using bolder colors, there are myriad possibilities – something to suit any age consumer.
The key to wearing these classic fabrics is fit and tailoring. It’s essential for the tailoring to be impeccable, whether a piece is fitted, flared or anything in between. Tops, skirts, pants, jackets even vests and capes provide multiple options to incorporate these fundamental elements into a wardrobe. Young contemporary consumers can find hip pieces to layer while stylish ladies can find updated traditional options. Tweeds and plaids for fall/winter can suit anyone.
Retailers looking to incorporate bath and body products into their merchandise mix will find a plethora of artisan spa and personal care products at the Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings and Holiday Market® (Temporaries and Showrooms through March 15). In … Continue reading →
While there are glimpses of spring in some parts of the country, mounds of snow cover the ground in other regions. Forget sunshine and jonquils for a moment, let’s talk Christmas. Why? Because March is the last chance for retailers to book orders for the 2015 holiday season.
Industry veterans understand the prolonged ordering season but newcomers or those who don’t carry a lot of product might not realize how critical timing is in the world of tinsel, wreaths and twinkling lights. Manufacturing orders are placed based on the orders written at the beginning of the year during January Markets. That means March is the last order-writing opportunity for many of the most popular holiday products. Otherwise, they’ll simply be sold out.
Such long lead times makes it absolutely vital for retailers to know their customers so they can accurately anticipate what they’ll need – and want – when the holiday season rolls around again. If a retailer waits until a customer comes in and asks for something, it’s probably too late to order it. Stores have to have plan ahead for what shoppers will want before they even start thinking about summer vacations.
When shopping for the 2015 season, there are several concepts to keep in mind. Look for gilded glam with lots of gold; soft monochromatic with silver and pastels, rustic woodland colors and textures and luxe bejeweled pieces. All those choices should mean there’s something to delight every customer as soon as they finish Halloween candy and hit the stores for Christmas décor.
Earrings are making a statement this season. During January Market at Atlanta Apparel, we saw a stunning selection of bejeweled earring jackets, front-and-back peekaboo earrings, ear climbers and cuffs from several of our exhibitors. Take a look!
Whether your products are staples or impulse buys, if your display isn’t appealing, it won’t be effective. We found many examples of displays during the Atlanta Apparel Market that caused us to stop and take a second look – exactly what you want your customers to do. Here are a few of the reasons these and other attention-grabbing displays are compelling.
Color – Color sets the tone. A completely red or blue display is dramatic, but it also can be too much. Use variations of a shade or complementary colors to drive pop.
Theme - Instead of grouping a lot of the same thing, find a common concept and build on that idea. Too much of one the exact same product will be monotonous. variation will create more interest in all the products overall.
Light – Your displays won’t be effective if no one can see it. Make sure it’s well lit, whether that means adjusting overhead lighting or adding specialty light sources.
Grouping and balance – The rule of three is standard practice in merchandising because using three primary objects keeps eyes moving while symmetry tends to incite a stare at one aspect of the display. Find a primary object, then build around it as a focal point.
Surprise – Always include one unexpected element. It will delight your customers, entice them to linger longer to explore and make the display more memorable.