The first challenge would be getting to the Javits Convention Center, one of the two market locations. Fortunately, I quickly hailed a cab just outside the Algonquin and was on my way. Sunday mornings are so peaceful in NYC! But the cabs were busy - check out this scene from the drop off point!
After registering and checking my coat (another first - I had always just kept it with me the whole day), I was off to explore! I had intentionally scheduled my first appointment for 10 am (the market opens at 9) so that I could walk around a bit. My first focus - finding a great sweater company to outfit Zoe's customers for Fall! Just in the two years I've been open, two of the sweater lines that I carried have either stopped producing or have stopped attending the shows. So I needed to find a replacement. I had also had the young lady who does Zoe's social media ask Zoe's followers to provide feedback on sweaters so I was armed with that good information! Fortunately, I found one that I love within about 20 minutes!
After I finished writing the order there, I was off to my appointments - I was booked solid through 4 pm. What did I see? Lots of black and white (already a strong trend for Spring), Color blocking, Peplums, lots of leather accents, and beautiful red/black/camel combos. And as I've mentioned before, I love seeing my reps! A few pictures from the day.
Black and White at Rebecca Taylor
Red/Black/Camel (with leather) at Alice & Trixie
My fabulous rep, Maye (read about her first introduction to me here)
Stylish find from Tracy Reese - it always great when they have a model in the booth who can show you exactly what the piece looks like on a human figure!
Loved this trench coat at Contrarian
Also loved Contrarian's gorgeous purple flowers!
I was seeing so many beautiful colors and styles! But I was also really feeling my ongoing sinus problem in the form of a painful sinus headache. I took a quick break to get an Americano from the Starbucks kiosk in the hallway area of the convention center and I continued on!
Love this vest from Waverly Grey!
Swing Coat from Beth Bowley (they have the BEST coats - remember the Swacket?)
Project Runway Alum Christopher Collins himself showed me his line!
By now, it was 5:30 and I had reached the point of absorbing all I could and the real need to find some medicine for my headache. I quickly grabbed a car service back to the hotel and walked straight to the ubiquitous NYC drug store Duane Reade. A quick purchase of Tylenol Sinus and I was on my way.
I walked into the Algonquin and was once again greeted by the friendly clerk from the night before. I asked her "where would you recommend I go for a quiet, delicious meal as a woman traveling alone?" She suggested ReSette, a cozy Italian restaurant only a block away. It did not disappoint and I had the most delicious homemade bread, olive oil, and black linguine seafood dish (with a glass of wine). It was just what I needed!
A quick walk back to my hotel and a change into my PJ's to relax and watch all of the beautiful Oscar fashions. I needed to rest up again for Day Two!
Next Up: Fall Market - Part 3