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Adolf_Skitlerwhat kind od clientele do you have?
RudyGarmischPataface and Northgonia.
MJHarris15It's kinda tough, we've got a lot of middle aged adults, but there's also a few highschool's in the area and a college.. its a pretty mixed crowd.
tomPietrowskiWhat are the best sellers currently and what is the average spend. This will allow you to see what styles are working and also what price range you can look at.
Remember its cool to have the steazy brands but if it does not sell then it’s not worth it. Better to pick things that will sell and make the shop money, which in turn may give you more opportunity to buy the cooler brands in the future.
Mr.LumpyjumblesLL Bean all the way from Maine.
MJHarris15We're in Maine bud, got an outlet pretty close so we don't carry any
SharkoRIP, miss my Siver Cartel Hull Jacket
BlumpkinPumpkinIf socks are part of it, Darn Tough Vermont socks kick ass
freeskibum82our demographic buys black/gray/blue solid jackets and black ski pants.. people dont like out of the ordinary stuff. What you think is cool in the park and what your friends wear does not sell in the volume you'd think and you'll be putting it on the discount rack taking a loss just to get rid of the stuff. stick to the staples and listen to the reps on what they recommend for your budget. Outdoor Retailer is next month so if your boss is serious about you being their "buyer" you should get a plane ticket and start planning how much you need to get through a season based on previous sales.
The fact that you are saying not to TNF and Patagonia means you know nothing... Patagonia is doing meeting this week and north face happens early january before OR.
all this said.. good luck.
bongripperMake NS Stance socks.
MJHarris15Bossman is letting me pitch a brand for next year's jackets and shit to carry in the shop, I need some outside the box ideas. No Northface, Patagonia...
connecticuntHolden is one of my favorites that I’ve been trying to get my shops to buy.
Icelantic has really nice outerwear, my favorite every day street jacket is my corduroy parka they make
Picture is another one (trying to go all eco friendly) but I think their stuff is a little too patterned for Mainers.