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Monday, May 24, 2010

Guess Who's Coming to Charlotte?! Tory Burch!

The newest Tory Burch store is scheduled to open at Southpark this July, between Neimans and Hermes in the old Billy Reid space!  I think Charlotte will be a great market for her- I am sure TB is one of the best selling lines at Neiman Marcus here. 

Can't wait to see what she does with the interior of the store too!


Averill said...

Fun! TB opened up in Houston a few years ago and I love her interior -- all lacquered orange and gilt with lots of geometric patterns (in short, very HR, very TB).

Chic Geek said...

Oh so fun! I love her Greenwhich, CT store.

Loucinda said...

I had no idea! I am soooo excited!

Jan Jessup said...

I'm not familiar with "CHANT," but it appears to be a different pattern than "MENGIKAT" which is a jacquard upholstery woven to look like an ikat pattern. Calico Corners carried Mengikat for several years, but it's no longer available.

Fabric distribution is a little difficult to figure out, but basically RETAILERS, JOBBERS (i.e. Kravet or Robert Allen), or FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS purchase fabrics from CONVERTERS. Converters take the design risk--they may or may not have their own design studios and print plants or weaving mills, and they may purchase fabrics from patterns designed by an overseas mill. In any case, converters don't sell directly to consumers.

Retailers have the advantage of not having to manufacture and distribute sample books, so their prices are usually better than jobber prices. However, jobbers may demand confinement from retail distribution before placing an order. To get around the confinement game, mills often create similar patterns in a different scale or color to sell to other customers.

A retailer like Mary Jo's may also purchase shorts from furniture manufacturers or seconds from jacquard mills (there are still quite a few in the Carolinas). Calico Corners now carries only first quality fabrics, so it's easier to reorder and continue getting goods for customers.

If you like the look of Chant in Navy, there is a great fabric at Calico called TWIST in Indigo. The ivory lines on the navy ground are curvier and very handsome. TWIST is not yet online but is available in the Calico Corners stores. It's also a jacquard woven upholstery weight fabric.

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