Buying 101 with Julie Eckert Clancy


Each market always leaves an impression on me and Spring 2017 did not disappoint.  I recall the precision of design.  The perfect ankle pant, pegged or flared just so.  The perfect shift dress that has an unexpected edge.  The refreshing botanical print or bug embellishment.   The clean, uncluttered, and draped to perfection evening gown.
Sometimes it isn’t always what is different but what has been improved from season to season, especially when a new trend has emerged that is still growing and developing in our wardrobe and style.  For the past few seasons we have seen the accessory landscape change dramatically.  The influence of modern bohemian has refined our beads, diamonds and leathers into a layered story on our necks and wrists.  Our ladylike style has created a desire for pearls, gold, silver and gems linked together in a new vision of classic beauty.  So I look forward to the continuation of wonderfully stylish accessories that complete a fashionable wardrobe.
One of the distinctions of quality clothing is always the fabric.  The fabric selected for each garment is as important as the design.  As for wear-ability, one of the factors has to be longevity of the garment and innovation in fabric, allowing for garments to hold up through many wearings and cleanings.  The garment holds its shape and stays looking new.  Quality fabric’s affect on ready to wear is simply that consumers, retailers and designers all want to own or offer a quality garment, which creates loyal brand wearers who love their purchases. 
A fabric only plays one part in making a garment transition easily from season to season or from casual to dressy.  Design is key and often the simpler the garment, meaning clean lines, the easier it transitions from season to season.  Take the example of a great blazer.  For years the blazer has evolved in design and fabric.  But you can still style it casually, professionally or for dressy.  The same for a white shirt, the same for a great black skirt.  “Once and done” just isn’t fashion.  Fashion is made to be seen, worn many times and appreciated for the art of it.  Appreciated for the story it tells.
 Stylist and Jophiel owner, Julie loves that she gets to be around pretty clothing and work with beautiful people each day at the store!  As an entrepreneurial business leader in fashion she has the specific goal of continuing the unique perspective of a fashion merchant; selecting fashion lines, creating seasonal stories and inspiring creativity and success for Jophiel staff, clients and the community she serves. You can read more about Julie here or more from her Buying 101 Series here.

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