Posts from March 2012

Fall 2012 Buying Trip

Enter day 4 - our final day in NYC and the last day of Coterie.  It’s been a wonderful show up to this point, and we finished strong with our last & only appointment of the day.  J Brand - it’s their contoured fits, sophisticated washes and timeless look that reels us in every time we see their new collections. 

J Brand’s dark wash skinny jean is their claim to fame - and for good reason.  Combine their mid-rise skinny with a pair of Frye boots for a winning look this fall.  Expect to see plenty of skinny jeans, along with some classic bootcut styles and plush corduroys too.  It’s okay, let out that sigh of relief - J Brand makes fall dressing easy!

After our appointment at J Brand, we used our time to write up some orders for fall while they were fresh in our minds.  We finished our (large!) order for Spiewak before meeting up with Rachel, a past Bliss employee, for lunch.  Having worked at Bliss for 8 years, we were thrilled to catch up with Rachel!  Unfortunately our little lunch reunion ended all too soon.

With a long drive ahead of us, we exited the Javits Center and concluded another successful buying trip!  So long NYC.  So long Coterie.  Once again, you’ve been good to us... and we’ll be back soon.

{I hope you’ve enjoyed the daily recaps of our fall buying trip.  Even though we’re all eager for the warmer weather, hopefully this series of posts has given you a little glimpse into one of our best shopping seasons here in New England.  Until then, we look forward to seeing you in our stores - shopping for linen sundresses and summery tops, of course!}

<3 Keriann

Bliss is Hiring!

Bliss is hiring in our Portsmouth, NH store!  

We are looking for one terrific Sales Associate & Merchandiser to join our team.  The following skills/requirements are a MUST: retail experience (preferably in a boutique setting), friendly & outgoing; interacts well with customers & co-workers, flexible schedule - must be available to work nights, weekends & holidays, creative eye for store & window merchandising, highly self-motivated, great team player, exceptional communication skills, committed/eager to learn (possible opportunity for advancement), 30+ hours per week.

Please send your resume to info@blissboutiques.com by April 9, 2012.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Fall 2012 Buying Trip

Day 3 was our much anticipated “denim day” at Coterie!  The majority of our day was booked full of denim appointments at all of our favorite lines.  We knew it would be a lot to take in, but couldn’t wait to see what the denim industry has in store for fall.

Joe’s Jeans

Our appointment at Joe’s Jeans started with their ready-to-wear collection, which consisted of covetable tops, darling dresses and novelty jackets.  They capitalized on the mini-dot trend with adorable flannel button-ups - something you’ll be seeing in our stores come September!  Their denim was a sure thing as well; we ordered plenty of our customer’s favorite denim staples... and threw in a red skinny jean too! 

AG

AG’s booth is always very recognizable at the show.  Their walls are made of huge wood panels, they have doll-size displays on their walls of all their denim styles (so cute!), and they even have an AG bar at the front of their booth.  It’s slightly over the top, but if anyone can get away with it, it’s AG! 

The mini-dot trend was seen here as well - both in a sheer top and on their jeans!  I can’t get enough of this trend; it’s cute, wearable and women of all ages can get away with wearing it.  In addition to the dots, AG had some note-worthy denim washes and a large selection of colored corduroys for fall - a wardrobe staple here in New England!  

Fall 2012 Buying Trip

Day 2 of our buying trip started much like every other day - with coffee!  We stumbled upon a quaint little cafe a few blocks from the show that kind of reminded us of Bard Coffee (only not quite as good, of course!), and we went there every morning for the rest of our trip.  With caffeine in our system, we headed towards the Javits Center for our first day at Coterie...

Nashelle

Our first stop was Nashelle’s booth, and I can’t think of a better way we could have started the show.  Her jewelry is so unique; every piece is handmade and it truly shows in her fine details & craftsmanship.  Everything looked stunning as usual, but there were a couple standouts.  The first one was her mini collection - basically she made some of her best-sellers in a smaller size (something I really appreciate since I can’t wear heavy, large earrings all day).  Practical and still super stylish - it’s a win-win combination!  The other standout was Nashelle’s charm necklaces.  With a wide variety of charms, there was something there for everyone.  (Stay tuned - there’s talk about having a charm necklace trunk show in our stores sometime soon!) 

Butter by Nadia

If you’ve ever been in our stores, you’ve seen our wrap dresses by Butter.  They are a crowd favorite... and for good reason.  Their design, fabric and overall look sets them apart, and you will continue to see this for fall.  Color blocking was a big theme at their booth, along with mid-length and maxi-length skirts.  We’re excited about the new three-quarter length wrap dresses as well - it’s the perfect dress for any occasion!  You’ll want to wear it everyday (and you can!).

Fall 2012 Buying Trip

It’s a busy time of year for us at Bliss.  New merchandise is rolling in for Spring - bright colors, fun dresses, and even shorts!  It’s as if our stores are getting a fresh makeover after a long winter; it’s exciting (and refreshing!) to say the least.  But for some of us, we’re already looking ahead to Fall... yes, Fall.  You see, just a couple weeks ago we headed down to New York City for Fall Coterie - the largest women’s contemporary clothing & accessories trade show in the fashion industry.  With over 1,200 vendors and 15,000 attendees, it’s a whirlwind of Fall collections, upcoming trends and a glimpse into what our stores will look like come September.

I know it’s hard to even think about skipping over the best time of year (spring/summer!), but trust me when I say that you won’t be disappointed when Fall rolls around.  Keep reading for a recap of our buying trip!