Knit One, Buy Two – or Three: Retro Sweaters Rock Fall

If you feel like you’re looking at a time warp of the 1970s this fall, you’re almost right. Knits – chunky and smooth – in nostalgic prints take on new life with modern colors and fabrics. Myriad sweaters graced the runways during the August 2014 Atlanta Apparel Market, providing cuts and lengths to fit any size customer.

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Shawl collars and wraps. Long and short vests. Sweaters mixed with cotton and denim. There’s a wealth of possibilities for layering and single wear.

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Smooth knits, waffle weaves, intricate needlework, fringe create fabulous textures in cottons, wools and silks. Detailing such as toggles, metal clips, leather accents and fun buttons add distinct touches to already creative, interesting pieces.

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The revamped vintage looks appeal to consumers of all ages. Teens embrace the retro looks while more mature ladies love being both comfortable and stylish. Check out all the contemporary versions of the classics at Atlanta Apparel.

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Little Ones Show Off Big Style in Children’s World

The small set took to the runway to show off their style on the Children’s World fashion show at the August 2014 Atlanta Apparel Market with a range of looks and lines.

Fresh retro and modern vintage are the keys for kids for the coming season. There will be something for every tot and teen with electric color, dark drama, nautical influence and rustic forklore inspiration. Embellishment and lace along with multi-patterned layers are prominent. But traditional styles patterned after the grown-ups also are still popular. 

Moms, tots, tweens and teens will be able to find styles to suit everyone with options ranging from bold and bright to traditional and subtle. Find it all on Floor 13 of the Atlanta Apparel Market.

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Legal Strategy Session: Making the Right Choice

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By: Angie Avard Turner, Esq.

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An integral part of having a successful business is continuing to educate yourself on various issues. However, when you reach a point where you still are unsure of how to handle the problem, you must seek advice from an expert.  If you need medical advice, you speak with a doctor.  If you require financial guidance, you discuss that with your accountant.

So if you need legal help, you seek the help of an attorney.  It would be foolish as a business owner to allow legal problems to not be dealt with.  Still, it is easy for retailers to get bogged down in the decision making process which attorney to hire. Here are a few practical characteristics that may help you make your choice.

Trustworthiness: First, is the attorney you are choosing trustworthy?  After signing the engagement letter to hire an attorney, the attorney is bound by what is called attorney client relationship.  So, information that clients disclose to the attorney must be kept confidential.  This relationship is a distinctive feature of our legal system.  However, trust is more than keeping information confidential.  Do you trust this person to understand your business? Do you trust them to spot issues to avoid potential risks?  Do you trust that this person will be in your corner if you ever find yourself in a legal bind?  A client must put their total trust in the attorney they choose, so choosing wisely is vital.

Competence: Second is the attorney competent?  If the attorney is barred in the state they are practicing, you can rest assured they traversed  a gauntlet of final exams, research papers, brief, oral presentations, and let’s not forget that tiny little test known as the bar exam that they attorney had to successfully maneuver through to earn their license.  What I am referring to is the competency in the area where you are seeking their guidance.  So if the attorney specializes in real estate law and you are looking for someone to handle intellectual property matter; that might not be an exact fit.  Make sure that the attorney you hire has experience and knowledge in the retail industry.

Responsiveness:  Is the attorney responsive?  One of the largest areas of complaints state bars receive have to do with an attorneys’ lack of responsiveness to their clients.   Communication is at the core of what attorneys do every single day.  Having an attorney who responds rapidly to you is crucial to establishing a trust relationship.

There are other factors to consider when determining which attorney to hire.  Part of having a successful legal strategy for your business is having a strong ongoing relationship with a business expert, such as an attorney, whose goal is to help you protect your business.

 

Come hear and learn from Angie Avard  about Legal Strategy by attending one of her sessions on Friday, August 8 at 11am and 2pm during the Atlanta Apparel market.

Prom 2015 Color Trends

While we might think our memories of high school prom are special, this generation takes it to a whole new level. According to a recent study by Visa, the average household spent $978 on prom. This one night of luxury has become a huge industry that keeps on growing. To tap into this exciting trend, buyers need to be selling the season’s must-have dresses.

Girls shopping for prom consider many options when picking out the dress. One of the most important aspects is definitely the color. They do not want to be wearing the same color as their best friend, but also don’t want to be in something that is outdated.

The trend experts Stylesight predict these colors will be hot for spring/summer 2015:

Blush

Citron

Magenta

Forest Greens

These colors were also popular for Miss USA and Miss America.

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We’re sure we will be seeing  similar color trends at the upcoming WORLD OF PROM and August Atlanta Apparel Market (showrooms August 7-11 ; temporaries August 7-10).  Register today!

Gift & Home: On the Map

SouthernLinkAs the world becomes smaller and Google Earth can show you almost any place instantly, people are increasingly more interested in locations. Not just where am I, but where do I want to go? Maps and charts have the unique ability to both be a comforting reminder of home as well as a spark to dream of faraway lands.

 

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Exhibitors at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® in July 2014 showcase myriad ways to incorporate cartography into home décor as well as gifts and even fashion. Whether you want to create a display of hometown pride or inspire travel or simply create an eclectic display, there’s a wealth of product available across categories.

Antique, unique, whimsical or abstract, there’s an interpretation to suit any retailer. Help your customers travel while staying put or bring a touch of home to a faraway place.

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Recipes from Sara Justice, a lead bartender at one of Atlanta’s top restaurants

Ever try dissolving a packet of sugar into your iced tea? While sweetening a hot drink is generally a snap, adding sugar, even honey, to iced cold liquid is not as easy as it seems. Sweetness, one of four basic tastes, is oftentimes an important part of creating a well-balanced cocktail, and that’s where simple syrup, a staple for most bartenders, comes in handy. The great thing is that simple syrup is a cinch to make, even as a beginner. Gently heat equal parts sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved, then cool completely before using. You can use herbs, fruits, and vegetables picked fresh from your summer garden to create an array of flavored syrups. In addition, tea may be used instead of water to make the syrup, which keeps the flavors pure when used to sweeten iced tea. Syrups make a great addition to iced coffee, lemonade, iced tea and, of course, cocktails.

Raspberry Simple Syrup:

Measure raspberries (by weight if possible) and add twice the amount of granulated sugar (Ex: 5 oz. of raspberries to 10 oz. of sugar). Muddle the fruit until you see the juices start to release and wet the sugar. Cover and store overnight at room temperature. Stir and muddle again after 24 hours. Then add equal parts water to sugar (Ex: 10 oz. sugar to 10 oz. water). Stir again to dissolve all of the sugar. Strain, bottle, and enjoy! This syrup has a 1 month shelf life. Any fruit, especially berries will work great with this recipe.

Use in a Classic Clover Club:

1.5 oz. Gin

.5 oz. Dry Vermouth

.5 oz. Raspberry Syrup

.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Egg White

Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake. Add ice and shake again. Strain and serve up. Bottle and enjoy! This syrup will have a 1 month shelf life.

Tea Syrup:

1 oz. Tea (by weight if possible)

8 oz. Water

Bring water to a boil, turn off heat and add the tea, steep for desired amount of time depending on tea (green tea – 3 minutes, black tea – 4 minutes, herbal tea – 10 minutes). Strain the tea and then measure the remaining amount of liquid. Add an equal amount of granulated sugar to tea (Ex: 6 oz. tea to 6 oz. sugar). Stir to dissolve sugar. Bottle and enjoy! This syrup will have a 1 month shelf life.

Holeman & Finch’s Bonnie Scotland

2 oz. Belle Meade Bourbon

.75 oz. Hibiscus Tea Syrup*

.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters

1 Dash Absinthe

Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and shake. Fill a highball glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. Top with club soda.

*Make Hibiscus Tea Syrup using recipe above, with dried hibiscus flowers.

Sara Justice, lead bartender at Holeman and Finch Public House will be demonstrating at AmericasMart on Saturday, July 12  on how adding eggs to refreshing temperance cocktails, lemonades and punches can lighten them up for summer.

Just Wingin’ It in Atlanta

A wise fellow once said that every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. Wise retailers know they’ll find everything they need at AmericasMart Atlanta. Many believe angels are everywhere. Perhaps they’ve walked the floors of AmericasMartduring the July 2014 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.®

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Angel wings are prominent in a wide range of sizes, textures and materials. From wall decor to frames and accent pieces, it’s easy to find an interpretation to suit any decor. Crafted in wood, pewter, bronze, resin, stone – a broad array of artistic techniques transform a range of materials into inspired decor.

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