In July I attended the Chicago Collective, a regional mens clothing show, for Spring 2015 buying. The Chicago show is a wonderful show because it’s all under one roof and easy to get around. (The New York show is spread out over several locations and throughout the city so it takes longer to work). This time I stayed at the Westin North River Hotel and it was only 4 blocks from the mart and near the shopping district.
You can see from the pictures that the vendors set up their booths to show their lines...some with mannequins and some with other props. I always love to see the designers’ interpretation of their lines by how the mannequins are presented. Peter Millar always does an excellent job with their visuals and color combinations.
The best thing about going to the large regional shows is that it allows me to find new lines to bring into the store. Some of the new companies I can’t wait to introduce to you are Benson,Sand, JKT, David Smith of Australia, Victorinox, Linksoul and Missoni Leathers.