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The Retail Survey: Part Two

November 09, 2011 BY CAPSULESNEWS

With the passing of each month were thrown deeper and deeper into the throes of winter. By now, its a safe bet that youve already stocked up on a few essential pieces to complete your cold weather wardrobe. But just because your tanks and tees have been sequestered to the back of the closet, that doesnt mean its too early to start thinking about what were all going to be wearing next season. To help you plot your Spring purchases, we caught up with the buyers from some of our favorite menswear stores to ask whats been flying off their store shelves lately and what we can expect to see in-stock a few months from now.

Edward Chai, Owner, ODIN

Which three brands are you most excited about for Spring 2012?

1.) White Mountaineering 2.) Bedwin 3.) Our Legacy

What are your Top 3 must-have items for Spring 2012?

1.) Leather bag from Niibo 2.) Heutchy + Richard Chai contrast sole shoe 3.) White Mountaineering Gortex Jacket Bedwin Cropped Trousers

What are the three best-selling items in your store right now?

1.) Engineered Garments Bedford jack in Navy wool 2.) White Mountaineering Fairisle shawl collar cardigan 3.) Common Project Duck Boot

Do you have any news you can tell us (upcoming events, new products, etc.)?

New Odin fragrance (07 in the series) coming soon; Launch of Leif grooming products from Australia in a few weeks; Holiday release of Odin cashmere knit hats and beanies, Odin Socks, button downs and ties.

Eric Jennings, V.P. & Fashion Director (men's, home, food and gifts), Saks Fifth Avenue

Which three brands are you most excited about for Spring 2012?

1) Band of Outsiders

2) 3.1 Phillip Lim

3) Re-launch of Michael Bastian

What are your Top 3 must-have items for Spring 2012?

1) Prints (almost anything goes)

2) Espadrilles

3) color-charged pants.

What are the three best-selling items in your store right now?

Well, it's a big store! But in the contemporary world, it's:

1) Cold weather outerwear (Moncler, Canada Goose, BARK sweater/jackets)

2) Cold weather boots (Sorrell, Hunter, SWIMS)

3) Denim (Hudson, AG, Joe's)

Do you have any news you can tell us (upcoming events, new products, etc.)?

We just launched a new bespoke tailor shop with a designer from Edinburgh/London named Peter Johnston, who is incredible. We created and patented our very own Saks tartan designed by the Scottish Tartan Authority which is really cool. And we re-vamped and enhanced the holiday projection which will be shown on the façade of our NYC store which will be revealed November 21st.

Stephane Ashpool, Owner, Pigalle

Which three brands are you most excited about for Spring 2012?

1.) Pigalle (our in-house brand)

2.) Dries Van Noten (men's)

3.) Phenomenon Japan

What are your Top 3 must-have items for Spring 2012?

1.) Hats

2.) Cool tank tops

3.) Funky nail coloring

What are the three best-selling items in your store right now?

1.) Anything Rick Owens

2.) Pigalle hats

3.) Pigalle t-shirts

Do you have any news you can tell us (upcoming events, new products, etc.)?

I am really excited about a project we are developing with Nike, focusing on amateur basketball. It will launch in December. We have been working really hard on expanding the Pigalle brand to different classifications and I think the F/W 12 collection will be our best one yet. We are going to do a Pigalle Fashion presentation to launch it in January, so look out for that.

Rachel Cundiff, Buyer, Welcome Stranger

Which three brands are you most excited about for Spring 2012?

1.) Nanamica

2.) Saturdays

3.) Burkman Brothers

What are your Top 3 must-have items for Spring 2012?

1.) Norse Projects Linen Button down

2.) Nanamica Goretex Jacket

3.) Rag & Bone X Grenson Suede Oxford

What are the three best-selling items in your store right now?

1.) Saturdays Matthew 60/40 Jacket

2.) Gant Vintage Chinos

3.) Vanishing Elephant Currie Socks

Do you have any news you can tell us (upcoming events, new products, etc.)?

Events: Nov - Gant Pop Shop (Sketch of what it's going to look like on our Facebook page) Nov - Beer Book Signing.. (Beer - A Genuine Collection of Cans) Dec - Welcome Stranger Launch Party! (For our own collection)

Dec - Riviera Club trunk show

Also, Welcome Stranger's own Collection and denim are now available in store!

Phillip Gaedicke, Co-Founder, SOTO

Which three brands are you most excited about for Spring 2012?

1.) Thom Browne

2.) Libertine-Libertine

3.) Adam Kimmel

What are your Top 3 must-have items for Spring 2012?

1.) Surf NYC T-Shirt

2.) Orlebar Brown Swimming Shorts

3.) Our Legacy Button Down

What are the three best-selling items in your store right now?

1.) Norse beanies & 5-panel Caps

2.) Our Legacy Shield Vintage Jacket

3.) Thom Brown Oxford Shirt (all colours)

Do you have any news you can tell us (upcoming events, new products, etc.)?

We will be launching our own Label this year called "Le Berlinois". Not a full collection, but expect some basic quality goods and a few well-selected collaborations in the future.

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