Retail Report: NYC Stores Dish on Top Pre-Fashion Week Sellers

Phillip Lim/Rag & Bone/Isabel Marant

Sales during the soft post-holiday retail season typically perk up with the approach of New York Fashion Week, when the city's most stylish editors, buyers, stylists, photographers, and models hit the city's top boutiques intent on stocking up on the latest "It" item.

Unsurprisingly, some of our favorite local shops report they've seen an upswing in sales over the past week, specifically with statement-making pieces and accessories.

"We've been selling a lot of our colored denim," says Meghan O'Neill, a sales associate at Rag & Bone's west village storefront. "Also a lot of prints that are super bright and funky, along with new knits."

Candice Waldron, owner of Williamsburg boutique, Jumelle (which carries select Rag & Bone merchandise) observed that the brand's "white boucle knit 'Hart' skirt, a Chanel-inspired little mini," has been a major performer, along with Isabel Marant's taupe "Dicker" boots and the "street-chic 'Bobby' lace-up wedge sneaker."

Francesca Sonara of Creatures of Comfort has also noticed an increased interest in footwear. "We have a sale on, so definitely all the Rachel Comey shoes, Repettos -- and Marant, of course."

Matthew Benzin of 3.1 Phillip Lim's Mercer Street flagship reports that the "leopard print jumpsuit from pre-spring is one of our most coveted items. It is a stand-out piece ... We have nearly sold out!"

In general, loud prints and and strong colors seem to be favorites of the Fashion Week crowd. "Our Band of Outsiders polka-doted button up has been doing really well," says Oak NYC sales associate, Cameron Lewks.

Likewise, saturated hues have proved a sales boon at Cynthia Rowley. "Our bow skirts in black and canary have been a huge hit," says brand rep, Kristyn Clark.

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