Finally, a Hot Trend: T-Shirts, Cargoes Lead The Stars of Summer

The T-shirt and cargo pants are the runaway bestsellers this summer. Here’s what else is hot at stores around the country.

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Ed Burstell, vice president and general manager, Henri Bendel: The mini has been selling across different categories and departments: including miniskirts from Development, Mary Quant, Alvin Valley, Diane Von Furstenberg and Plein Sud, and minidresses from Anna Sui, Patricia Field, Daryl K and Michael Kors. In designer, a combination of miniskirts and minidresses have been selling from Blumarine, Anna Molinari, Luella Bartley and Andrew Gn. Also, the short suit from Nanette Lepore and Rebecca Taylor. The best-selling minis retailed from $148 to $398.

Patricia Field, owner, Patricia Field: “Our own set of miniskirts, from denim to knits to ruffles. Young girls haven’t had this yet. They retail from $45 to $75 and carry both the House of Field and Hotel Venus labels.”

Carrie Peters, contemporary and designer buyer, Tootsies, Houston: The miniskirt was the hot seller at Tootsies’ four stores, contributing to a 50 percent jump in skirt sales from May through July. Top styles were Pucci and Missoni-inspired prints by Tootsies’ private label along with minis by Trina Turk and Nanette Lepore in the $95-to-$225 price range. “Skirts have become a favorite, and they were always a struggle before,” observed Peters. “Now there is not a lot of growth in pants, but a lot in skirts.”

Sarah Easley, partner, Kirna Zabete, SoHo, New York: “We’re doing a huge business in Danielle Pergament’s thick leather watchband that lattices up like a corset called Cuir. The response has been phenomenal. It sells for $240. You can wear it as a bracelet or put a watch in. It’s fun if you have your grandmother’s watch, or a Cartier tank or one from Canal Street. It updates your watch. It’s our number-one seller in July. We sold 250, and it’s still going strong.”

Macy’s four Washington-area stores: Career suitings are the top summer item, with Tahari the number-one vendor, reflecting a resurgence in this category, said a spokeswoman. Labels such as Karen Kane and David Dart are doing well.
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