It is that time again—time to start finding new and exciting things for our shop for the next season. While new items for fall are arriving daily, we are already looking ahead to next spring. The fashion business can make you crazy! This year Howard and I decided to head to Chicago for a menswear show that is gaining steam.
While we often go to New York to find new lines, the show there has divided up. There are now multiple shows at one time, and on top of that, many brands are opening up their own showrooms and are not even attending the shows! As a buyer, this creates some problems. We can’t take that much time away from the shop to visit everyone we want to see in a different location in New York. So in an effort to try something different, we went to Chicago.
What a beautiful city! The architecture, the river, the Magnificent Mile… vastly different from the crowds and hustle and bustle of New York. And the Chicago Collective proved to be a large show with a great selection of exhibitors. We found some new lines that we cannot wait to show you next spring, and we were able to see many of our favourite current collections all under one roof. We managed to fit in a visit to the Art Institute for a little inspiration, as well as seeing what other retailers are doing to keep things fresh in their shops. All in all we came home feeling refreshed and energized heading into the next year in the menswear business. We look forward to sharing our new finds with you!