Denim for Days

There is a lot of excitement surrounding denim fashion right now, especially with so many styles trending. From grungy to artsy to sexy and everything in between, its versatility makes it a must-have in any wardrobe. Check out these latest denim trends to add to your inventory.

Frayed Seams, Edges and Destruction
Distressed and destructed denim continues to cement its position in the fashion world using messy fraying to accent seams and edges and bring attention to hems.

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From left to right: House of Harlow/La Belle Vie, Hudson Jeans, Mavi Jeans, Inc.

Retro Blocking
Retro blocking with denim carries over from last season with a few additions. Various shades and hues of blue are pieced together in differing shapes and sizes to form unique, eye-catching patterns, giving a twist to otherwise plain pants and jackets.

From left to right: DL 1961 Premium Denim, Mavi Jeans, Inc.

Festival-Ready
This trend is set apart by floral embroidery and color-blocking, with printed fabric used to highlight sleeves, front and shoulder flaps and pockets.

From left to right: Desigual/Vaccarelli & Associates, Inc., Desigual, Elan International

Denim Do’s for Spring/ Summer 2015

Denim pieces are a classic no matter the season. For Spring/Summer2015 lines are mixing it up with denim shirts, dresses, rompers, jumpsuits and more in addition to traditional jean pants. We spotted new cuts, designs and even the return of the overall all over the October Atlanta Apparel Market Showrooms and Temporaries.

Overalls, denim tops and a denim jumpsuit by Paige Denim (Floor 9 S335B)

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Fit and flare acid wash dress by Kensie Jeans (2-102B)

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Ombre denim dress styled with a fur vest and statement necklace by Hot & Delicious (2-115)

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Patterned jean by Beija-Flor Jeans (2-540)

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Cargo jeans with a knit waistband by Kensie Jeans (2-102B)

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The Search for the Perfect Jean

When you ask a woman, “what is the hardest thing to shop for,” more than likely her answer is “jeans.” This exact shopping dilemma is what inspired Beija-Flor designers Kathy and Emilie to bring women a jean that finally works with their natural bodies, rather than against them.

The key to finding a jean that really fits comes down to just three simple rules – finding the right pockets, rise and leg opening for your body. With more than six years of experience, Beija-Flor designers Kathy and Emilie have a secret formula that allows over 90 percent of women (with all different types of bodies) to find a jean that really fits! Take a look at some of the designers’ dos and don’ts when it comes to jean shopping:

Do
• Go for midrise, having a slightly higher waistline (8 ½ inch) not only elongates your legs making you look instantly slimmer, but also gives you a sense of security that nothing is “hanging out.”

• Look for a jean that is composed of a “denim blend.” For example, our jeans are made with a Brazilian cotton, poly, and elastane blend.

Memory stretch. You will be thanking yourself later, when halfway through the day your jeans are still holding their shape!

• Find a jean with a contoured waist. All of Beija-Flor jeans’ are higher in the back giving you more coverage in the rear, and eliminating gaping in the waist.

Don’t
• Focus on size; it’s just a number. Look to see where the jean hits you in rise, whether the pockets are flattering, and if they are comfortable.

• Stick to only one jean style. Branching out to a skinny leg or wide leg will instantly upgrade your wardrobe.

• Focus too much on trends. Stick to jeans that compliment your own personal style. Trends fade, style is eternal.

• Select heavy weight jeans. Look for a jean that can be worn year-round. Denim is timeless.

Styling the four Jeans Every Woman Needs:
1. Skinny – Don’t be afraid to have a skinny pair – or two – in your closet! They are great for creating a sleeker (and skinnier) look. Plus, they are the perfect jean to wear with heels, tucked into boots, or with ballet flats. We suggest our Nicole Skinny in Washed Oregon that will also give you an added butt lift.

2. Bootcut – Everyone’s favorite jean. This type of fit is a must-have to create that ultimate relaxed look for laid-back days. To dress it up, wear with heels or over boots – just make sure they are long enough. We suggest our miracle bootcut, the Jennifer bootcut jean, in Oregon.

3. Straight & Ankle – The ultimate fit to wear with flats. A dark straight leg always flatters and lengthens, too. We suggest our Audrey ankle jean in Oregon.

4. Wide-Leg & Trouser – This fit is great to wear on Casual Fridays or out on the town with your girlfriends. While it is the trendiest fit, don’t be afraid to experiment – it can dress up any outfit instantly! Tuck in a shirt and effortlessly create the ultimate hourglass silhouette. You will instantly show off your tiny waist. We suggest our Amanda trouser jean.

Look for the Daily Strut featuring Beija-Flor at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13 on Floor 2.

Icing on the Cake: “Bundle Up” for Greater Profits

TJReid2(I was inspired to do this article after visiting my daughter’s store, RUBY,  where I noticed how many little items she had tied together with ribbon as a “set.”  There were several bracelets together, panty packs of two, three or five, a package of three tees, etc.  The pricing was even numbered like $10, $20, etc. and as a shopper I could realize how quick and easy this choice could be. It seemed especially effective for the Valentine shopping season in progress.  The more I thought about it, the more I felt the need to share “bundling up” for better profits with each of you!)

All of us enjoy a sweet deal, by just like icing on the cake, it can be overdone.  Bundling is a delicate blend of ingredients that:

*Sweetens the deal for your customers
* Increases your average sale
* Boosts your employees’ productivity
*Reduces your risks

If you are considering bundling, ask yourself these questions:

1) What are some of the challenges shoppers face in buying clothing
Some folks are color blind or have no fashion sense. They are in a hurry and forget to buy the related purchases they need. They long for help in making    decisions.  A bundle is already combined and ready – no choice.

2) What can I bundle together to make life easier for my customers?
Shoes and Handbags
Assorted Accessories that mix/match
Hosiery for the outfit
Socks for the shoes
Tees with Jeans
Tops w/suits
Slippers with robes
Panties with bras
7 panties (one for each day)
Basic tees set (red, black, white)
Lip gloss and mirror
Gloves & scarf
Anything that makes sense together or fills a need!

3) What benefits would buyers gain from bundles?
Customers would save time, whether shopping for themselves or a gift, they would find things easier. A bundle usually adds more versatility and functionality to a wardrobe by mixing and matching. Shoppers usually think a bundle is a better deal and they feel good about saving.

4) What benefit would the retailer gain from this?
Total sales should increase. Multiples units would be sold. Customers would appreciate the creativity and novelty of the combination.
Employee’s productivity should go up because they will generate more sales dollars per customer.

Look around, what goes together as the perfect bundle in your store?

Learn even more and be further inspired at TJ’s seminar at the Apparel Market on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. She’ll get you excited about driving traffic through promotions and contests. More information on her seminar and full lineup of events can be found here.

More on bundling can be found in “Pricing for Profit” by Dale Furtwengler, available from www.amaconbooks.org.

Skye Showroom Celebrates Grand Opening with a Blowout Party at Market

agaveSkye showroom is opening a new showroom on floor 9—a part of the contemporary permanent showroom collection. It’s new location is 9S335.

To celebrate, the showroom is hosting a grand opening party on Friday at Market this week. The bash will feature live music form Rare Form DJs and a special Herradura Bar. Everyone is invited so be sure to stop by the party on Friday between 5-7 p.m.7diamondjeans

Skye showcases designs and contemporary men’s and women’s styles from Agave Denim and 7 Diamonds.

Stop by Skye to party and discover fabulous contemporary trends!

June Market: Cocktails, Fashion and Fun!

June1If you thought the April Market was a knockout wait until you see what the June Market has to offer! June is packed with cocktails, fashion and fun! A few of the spectacular Atlanta Apparel offerings include a must-see fashion show, complimentary cocktails, chic-swag giveaways and opportunities to attend retail seminars presented by successful business practitioners from all over the Southeast. Showcasing new trends for the fall and early holiday season, the Market is offering buying opportunities throughout its permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits in contemporary, young contemporary, women’s, men’s, children’s and accessory categories. We hope to see you all there June 10-13, 2010!

More information on the June Market can be found here.

Parasuco Jeans Headlining Style Runway Fashion Show

FashionShow1June is quickly approaching which means Atlanta Apparel’s Style Runway fashion show is just around the corner! There are so many events going on at the June Market you won’t want to miss. Here is your chance to sort through an amazing selection of apparel. The fashion show will be presented by Canada’s Parasuco Jeans as the headlining sponsor.

Trends showcased during the Style Runway fashion show by Parasuco Jeans include chic new styles for fall and early holiday season. Parasuco will open the fashion show by presenting lines from the women’s, men’s, children’s anFashionShow2d accessory categories. Plus, after Parasuco’s collection you can see a showcase of the trends and featured lines premiering at Market.

Come to the daily fashion shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Floor 2 Atrium, take part in fabulous giveaways and try to catch the beer and wine cart throughout Market! Don’t forget to stop by THE LOUNGE in the Floor 2 Atrium at 6 p.m. preceding the Style Runway fashion show at 6:30 on Friday, June 11 for a cocktail reception!

More information on the Style Runway fashion show can be found here.