New York fashion journey: And the awards go to… – El Paso Inc.

Two weeks in the past I used to be in New York for the semi-annual Coterie present, the premiere fashion commerce gathering in the United States, and to buy showrooms throughout Manhattan. This was additionally the annual small window of time to see fall collections from Europe and get orders positioned.

Fall - are you able to imagine it? We're formally nonetheless in winter, and we're shopping for for subsequent fall.

For example, right here’s a crystal ball glimpse into fall 2017: the chilly shoulder cutout silhouette that has been sturdy for this spring will proceed even stronger for subsequent fall. Don’t hesitate to put money into some chilly-shoulder tops now – apparently chilly is sizzling and getting hotter!

New York shopping for journeys are all the time adventures into the unknown. I've been to New York throughout this time of 12 months when not a single automobile may get down Fifth Avenue due to a blizzard.

Site visitors situations are additionally an unknown – perhaps a president is on the town or the United Nations is in session and the complete metropolis is in gridlock.

We rigorously plan and choreograph journeys to spend a sure period of time at the Coterie and a sure variety of hours traversing the metropolis to pick showrooms. Typically a visit could be prepare wrecked by surprising situations and our schedule and productiveness fall utterly aside.

This time, the climate was nice and we obtained round simply. The truth is, we had been handled as VIPs by the Coterie.

As a result of our standing as one in all the outstanding and lengthy-standing fashion retailers in the U.S., the Coterie offered complimentary limousine service for our keep in Manhattan. No standing in the chilly to hail non-existent taxis, no confusion with Uber, no schlepping on the shuttle buses!

As an alternative we had our personal personal driver to get us round the metropolis, whereas we lounged in the again getting somewhat work finished. It’s superb how little issues could make you are feeling like a celeb.

When New York is nice, it's actually nice. Right here’s a take a look at three of my favourite showrooms:

• The John Hardy jewellery showroom on Hudson Road in Decrease Manhattan. Entering into the John Hardy showroom is like leaving the frenzied metropolis and touchdown in Bali. John Hardy, an artist and visionary, visited Bali in the 1970s and was enchanted by the island’s chic magnificence. He based an genuine collective with native artisans there. His showroom is Balinese luxurious with roughhewn tables and beautiful showcases that includes all the jewellery. My favourite items this time featured silver/gold combos. Any time you mix gold and silver, you acquire the versatility that girls simply love. The view from the showroom’s panoramic home windows was lovely – we missed the glowing Hudson River.

• The Cinzia Rocca showroom on Central Park South. Once more, an incredible product in a showroom with a view that made it laborious to get right down to enterprise. Cinzia Rocca produces the most luxurious Italian cashmere coats, and chooses to indicate them overlooking Central Park. Swoon, and swoon once more on each counts.

• The Massimo Bonini showroom on Fifth Avenue throughout from Trump Tower. It was solely a little bit of an impediment course to get round the now-everlasting barricades which are on-hand to be used when The Donald is on the town. (Thank heavens New Yorkers keep away from political matters.) This showroom is sort of a shoe sweet retailer, representing shoe designers with improbable, futuristic and eccentric designs. Footwear are transferring into an much more colourful and ornamental section.

All in all, our purchasing journey was busy and but very profitable. We now have a glimpse of the future – and imagine me, it’s going to be lovely!

Nan Napier, proprietor of Tres Mariposas could be reached at

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