Last week I had the pleasure of attending my very first trade show! I shadowed Krin at a clothing show in St. Paul last fall, but this was my first solo foray into buying. Since our usual buyers don’t get out to the New York shows very often, it worked perfectly for me to represent The Rare Pair while I’m here on the job hunt!
First things first: it was overwhelming. The sheer number of booths (and no map of of the site to help me find my way) was intimidating in itself. I had a list of companies to visit, but it took me a while just to find my bearings! I probably wandered around for a half an hour, lost, before I figured out where I needed to go!
Secondly, it was a fabulous place to people-watch! I saw teams of buyers from every kind of store moving around the show, dressed to the nines in gorgeous sandals, perfectly-fitting jeans, and tailored blazers. Everyone really dressed up for this event and it was fun to absorb all the fashion. I wore my grey Converse sneakers from The Rare Pair with dark skinny jeans and a light denim shirt, and carried an Emilie Sloane tote (via The Rare Pair from a few years back) to hold all my stuff.
Finally – what I ordered! I picked out some great jewelry by Marlyn Schiff that should show up at the store in about a month. I tried to strike a balance between gold and silver, shiny and antiqued, sparkly and subtle, and there’s an even mix of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings. A few styles are RP best-sellers, but there are plenty of new things, too!
I also placed our fall 2012 order with Melie Bianco (remember the spring styles? So cute!). Just to give you an idea of what’s coming, I ordered mostly hobo and satchel shapes in gorgeous fall colors like deep plum, burnt orange, charcoal grey, and rich sienna, with great design details (think tassels, quilting, and woven patterns).
I also collected plenty of catalogs and took extensive notes on the fall lines of companies like Desigual, Frye, PJ Salvage, Nally & Millie, and Hobo.
I can’t wait for these shipments to arrive! You’ll have to let us know what you think of my picks!