Coterie, the three-day expo that wrapped up Tuesday at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center, gave retailers a great taste of fall and a chance to purchase merchandise for immediate delivery.
The show brought together 700 exhibitors and provided an opportunity to show off their wares to department and specialty store retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Revolve, Anthropologie, Julian Gold, Gus Mayer and Joan Shepp, among many others. others,” said Courtney Bradarich, vice president. of the contemporary woman at the Coterie.
More than 150 new brands were exhibiting and the total number of exhibitors increased by 20% compared to last season. The exhibition also showcased international brands from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India and Italy. , among others.
Footfall at chain stores and department stores increased, and registrations at international retailers increased compared to last season, Bradarich said. Coterie has been registered in 80 countries.
Bradarich told WWD, “The return of Coterie New York was warmly welcomed as we saw positivity, great energy and buzz at the show. This was our second live event since the pandemic and we have continued to learn and adapt to the needs of our industry to create a community-centric platform. Retailers were excited to shop the floor, see brand offerings, and participate in the experiences we provided that are truly unique to Coterie. »
Among them, a session on the future of social media and the metaverse, and a conversation with fashion designer Christian Siriano.
“Yesterday was really good and we saw a lot of specialty stores,” said Walter Baker, owner of the brand that bears his name, on Monday morning. He said the Moto jacket is doing well, “and miniskirts are all the rage.
“Everyone wants miniskirts,” he said, offering them in leather and tweed. “Jackets in general are doing very well,” he said.
One of their standout looks was a tweed miniskirt, which wholesaled for $81, and a matching tweed jacket for $121.
“We opened many new specialty stores in the South, outside of Boston, on the West Coast and in North Carolina,” added Baker.
Lisa Shaller-Goldberg, owner and creative director of Minnie Rose, said she was selling immediate products, as well as Fall 1s, 2s and 3s. One of the biggest trends, she said, was the youth tennis culture. For example, a knit sweater says, “You don’t get love from me,” at a wholesale price of $195.
“People are starting to be outside again and getting active again and they want social distancing activities. A lot of kids are into golf right now,” she said.
Minnie Rose has launched extended sizes for fall.
“We’ve been criticized all day,” Shaller-Goldberg said Monday. She said they beat their day one numbers on Sunday from a year ago.
Stephen Budd, president of Current/Elliott, was selling the company’s jeans, silk tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts and denim jackets well at the show. Current/Elliott, first known for its “boyfriend jeans”, was acquired by Sunrise Brands four months ago. Sunrise Brands also recently acquired Rebecca Minkoff.
“Destruction is a big trend right now,” Budd said. The brand’s jeans wholesale from $72 to $125.
Budd said the brand is looking for limited distribution with top independents. In recent days, he’s shown the line at stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. He said the brand will move into menswear next season.
“Skirts are back, and we’re offering minis and button fronts,” Budd said. He also noted that corduroy seems to be on every order, in a super stretch and super flare.
Mark Miller, owner of Mr. Miller, a Boston-based skiwear brand, was at Coterie to sell his line of functional skiwear.
“The show is going well,” Miller said Monday morning. “Yesterday we had a few dates. I want to meet new people and work with our current clientele,” he said. While he doesn’t think the show gets too crowded, he noted, “The buyers who are here are there to buy.”
Mr. Miller sells jackets, stretch ski pants, base layers and cashmere sweaters.
A new brand, Real-Reveal, sold Colombian swimsuits and camos. “It was amazing. We sell a lot of day to night looks,” owner Sharmin Mendyzadeh said. The line includes resort wear and dresses, ranging from $80 to $400.
Retailers Jordan Blum and his mother-in-law, Gail Blum, were looking for contemporary lines for their Tupelo Honey stores in South Miami and Aventura, Florida.
“Our store is elevated contemporary basics,” said Jordan Blum, who said he came to see a few lines, such as Minnie Rose, Bella Dahl and Marrakech.
Gail Blum said that although they buy Coterie for specific brands, “We would like to find something new.” Among their main denim brands in their stores are Moussy, L’Agence, Mother and AG, as well as sportswear brands like Frank & Eileen and Majestic, which were not featured at the Coterie.
Another retailer, Paula Wolsman, bought handbags from Italy from Coterie (she found them at Anita Bilardi), as well as fur from Linda Richards and cashmere gloves and scarves. “Anything freebie,” she said.
Sean Gilday, whose rock ‘n’ roll shop is called Rock Art Revival in Frenchtown, NJ, used to buy Coterie leather jackets, high-end t-shirts from Original Retro Brand and rhinestone bags from Hipchick .
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