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As 2012 draws to a close, we're surveying our friends in the fashion industry about the year's biggest news stories and most exciting developments. So far, we've looked at the best and worst trends, and best newcomers; now, let's take a look at their local shopping predictions for 2013. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.
Two looks from the latest Claudie Pierlot collection
Kirsten Fleming, fashion writer at the New York Post: I predict more beloved international brands like Maje and Sandro will continue to pop up in the Big Apple. I'd love for their other label Claudie Pierlot to come as well.
Mizhattan, fashion blogger: I predict that the sample sales of old, where prices were bargain basement and real samples existed, will continue to disappear. The phrase "sample sale" is now just a marketing buzzword just like "outlet shopping" was in the 90s.
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of the Retail Group for Douglas Elliman Real Estate: We'll see increasing diversification internationally—more new stores from new areas in the world. We'll see more interest in the boroughs, as a number of Manhattan shops are opening units in Brooklyn. But keep an eye on Long Island City and maybe the Bronx. Staten Island is rebuilding, and that could be an opportunity.
The Shophound, fashion blogger: Now that Nordstrom has finally found its site, what are we going to speculate about? How about more retail development on the Upper West Side? It's one of the city's wealthiest yet most under-served markets.
Shana Tabor, store owner of In God We Trust: Men's shopping is really exploding. I think that will continue full force.
Karin Bereson, store owner of No.6: Customers wanting extra service and attention as more shopping becomes impersonal with so many people shopping online.
Kay Lee, store owner of Otte: I predict people will be looking for a lot of ripped jeans and cool sweatshirts—the trend leans toward cool & feminine motorcycle girl looks. Big color stories will be black and white, army green, and chambray blue.
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