Young Designers Spotlight at FIG
By: Holly Haber
DAllAS- A showroom focused on emerging Dallas designers, a sunglasses gallery and another multiline room will open at Fashion Industry Gallery for the three-day contemporary and bridge market beginning Jan. 21.
At Slye Showroom in Gallery 165, proprietor Courtney Warren
Slye and her husband, Brian, will present her Dallas-based silk dress line, Cooper by Courtney, as well as designs by three other local resources and one Los Angeles firm.
"Our vision and goal was to reach out to our network of local designers looking for representation,” Courtney Warren Slye said.
In addition to her dresses, the other Dallas lines at Slye are: Sonyarenee's braided leather and metal jewelry with semiprecious stones wholesaling from $22 to $64; LoLo Designs, whose gold-dipped leaf earrings and agate necklaces are carried by luxury retailer Stanley Korshak and wholesale from about $70 and up, and Veritas Fashion's graphic and message-print cotton 'T-shirts, tunics and dresses from $21 to $31.
Slye is also showing Simdog's T-shirts and tunics printed with zippers, chains and motorcycles, wholesaling from about $20 to $40.
Noe De Leon will debut Double Eyedentity showroom in Gallery 130 and represent eyewear by Rock & Republic, John Richmond, Zero RH + and Silver Dagger.
In addition, Circle 5 Showroom from Los Angeles will return to FIG after a nine-month absence, bringing six contemporary designers to Gallery 126: Sheri Bodell, Aaron Ashe, Wendy Kallen, Kier + J sweaters, By Francine and Ramon La Rue.
Diana Warner New York, a jewelry company, will introduce Unaluna matte jersey dresses, a personal favorite of Warner's. The label features short and long draped, ruched and halter styles in solids and prints wholesaling from $80 to $160
The Shop temporary venue will feature 61 resources, including newcomers Leifsdottir, Kelsi Dagger, Foley + Corinna and Arnold Zimberg. S. Collier & Associates has landed Christopher Fischer cashmere, which will introduce lower prices of $55 to $65 wholesale on six basics to help boutiques compete with major stores. Owner Suzanne Collier said she wants to emphasize high quality goods like Fischer’s in her showroom.
"If you want quality, you have to pay for it,"Collier said.
Sales representatives said they have a sense that business is improving, although retailers are still buying close to need.
"Everybody is trying to order as little as they can and then try to chase business if that scenario plays out for them," said Federico Mariel, whose showroom is called Storylines by Federico Mariel. “So we are getting a lot of reorders, but the challenge is the manufacturer is also not stepping up with extra inventory to cover it, so it's a little bit of a catch-22 right now. The [retailer's] businesses are up and down on a weekly, if not daily, basis. That makes it hard to stick to a plan."
FASHION INDUSTRY GALLERY
Women's and men's market
Jan. 21 to 23; Jan. 20 and
24 by appointment only
9 to 10 a.m.: Breaklast and
coffee, SHOP show, second
floor, Jan. 21 to Jan. 23.
Noon: Lunch buffet, SHOP
show, second floor, Jan. 21
3 p.m.: Snacks and cocktails
.delivered by FIG lets, Jan. 22
5:30 to 8 p,m,: Market kickoff
cocktail party with OJ, Jan. 21.