Apparel Trends: From Runway to Real Life

Fall 2013 trends

The runways of Milan, New York and London are a far cry from the local main streets across America. How you take these looks from the runway to your local consumer audience is what really matters. Many fall 2013 trends will be familiar to retailers and consumers alike. While some looks will be common staples in customers’ wardrobes, they come with modern updates that will have customers looking to buy. The fall 2013 trends range from the quilted miniskirts to colored fur and jeweled jackets. [Read more]

Fall Fashion Forecast: Dynamic Colors and Animated Prints


With the fall and holiday seasons rapidly approaching, choosing the right fashions to garner mega fourth quarter sales is top of mind for independent clothing retailers. For an apparel business to thrive, retailers must carry a great selection of the latest styles, colors and designs. In this issue of Independent Retailer magazine, we offer an […]

Parody Sports Tees


SMACK APPAREL has been creating a line of unlicensed tee shirts for sports fans since 1998. The company designs shirts with clever sayings based on pop culture and sports, explains owner Wayne Curtiss. “We do a lot based on rivalries,” he comments. Parody sells One of Curtiss’ first targets was Steve Spurrier, the University of […]

Statement Gifts Inspire Sales


Bold graphics, loud colors and strong patterns, along with glitter, green and a bit of whimsy, are the hallmark of popular gift items this season. Big hits include products with inspirational messaging and artisan crafted badges, buttons and wallets. One innovative wholesaler creating merchandise with meaning is Kerusso Apparel & Gifts. “We take things that […]

Blank Stuff Tees & Magnets

Blank Stuff Tees & Magnets

Printed bumper stickers and tee shirts with with fill-in-the-blank areas that allow you to express your own opinion. [Read more]

Snapette App Loves Independents

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Independent fashion retailers looking to boost their social media presence through mobile apps can benefit from Snapette. [Read more]

Online Holiday Sales to Hit $96 Billion, Gift Cards and Clothing Top Wish Lists

NRF Consumer Holiday Spending Survey

NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey reveals that the average holiday shopper will spend $749.51. [Read more]

BlueRibbon a Winning Choice

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Since launching in 2004, Estevez has approached the closeout industry with a deep devotion to service and a business plan geared toward passing on savings to customers. [Read more]

Pook Toque Warming Trend

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Canada’s own Pook, a wholesaler new to U.S. retailers, is sure to bring warmth and amusement to the winter season. [Read more]

Success of a Niche Marketer

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It takes a lot of heart and soul to become a successful company in the retail industry, especially when serving a niche market, but Kerusso Inc. is proof that it can be done. [Read more]