The greatest Style Watch
IF youre looking for some good news about the economy and who, pray tell, is not? here you go. Men have become besotted with accessories.
Belts. Bags. Bracelets. In the latest evidence Modern Man indulgence of the self, sales of m accessories in th f of 2009 were up more than 7 percent o the period in 2008, according to NPD Group, whi tracks retail sales. (Womens sales d 11 percent.)
The be seller se only to fitting: wallets (to pump up yo currency) a 30 percent; belt (to slim down your debt) u 38 percent. And there ar plenty of othe spots, f well-known and expensiv brand to obscu and thrifty ones. Pr d a walking out the door at Barneys N York and Jeffrey New York. Mens bag sales of wh are 14 pe are among the yea top seller Gucci and Prada.
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The most fashion-forward r is doing well because, a M Duff explained, accessories are impulse buys. With many men cutting b on standard lu like vacations, they invariably drawn t mino indulgences (just as sales candy and movie tickets have b up). Howe flash pa of Raf Simon futuristi designer sneakers are still f less th the most modest n car.
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The final piece the puz q si that guys finally ca to the acce powe as a coup d ma?tre that, style-wise, separates the men fro th boys.
Anyone c buy an a mannequin, said Ma Cohen, NPDs ch analyst. Having good accessories m youve got your gam on.
This is even more true now that g stylish ar so easy to find, theres barel any left in shopping fo them.
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