DATES: June 1 to June 6 ,2008
LOCATION: New York, NY
BUYER: *Amber R., Assistant Buyer, * Comfort
June 1, 2008
2:20 AM – Waiting to fall asleep. First night in NY. Tomorrow I will get some work done with W Hotel wireless and shop the market.
June 2, 2008
8:00 AM – At the “make sure everyone is alive” breakfast we always have during the week of shows. Eating at the Blue Fin restaurant downstairs of the W Hotel. Here with Galen, Graham, Kathy, Nicole.
10:33 AM – I am in hotel room hooked up to wireless getting a few things done, before I head out this afternoon to “shop the market”. I must admit it is pretty nice working from the 36th floor with a view of Manhattan.
1:54 PM – At Macy’s in NY. This is overwhelming. I had never been in here before. It’s huge, with many endless floors!
3:22 PM – Almost the whole store is on sale. Scary!
5:00 PM – Nicole just called and asked if I wanted to have dinner with her and one of Andrea C.‘s friends who lives in NY and also works as an Apparel rep for Tripp Apparel. We will go out for Sushi at 6:30.
8:00 PM – Sushi was very good and the company was great as well. I am now back at the lounge in the lobby of the W. Hanging out with several Zappos folks from my team, monkey row and Fashion .
June 3, 2008
8:04 AM – I am eating breakfast with the team and Steve Gebhart, before we all head separate ways for our first day of appointments. I have 4 brands today, and they aren’t too far from the W, so minimal walking today. Should be wrapped up by 5:00PM.
9:46 AM – Walking into Warwick Hotel for Aerosoles appt. Galen will be joining me.
11:04 AM – Met with Aerosoles earlier. Line looks good. Looks like huaraches are going to make a comeback next year! We discussed some possible marketing ideas for Aerosoles on 6PM.com.
11:45 PM – Just left Perlina meeting. Such nice people. Can’t wait for the Fall styles to hit. Perlina is doing very well. My senior rep, Yves, hopes someday that Perlina will be the biggest brand on Zappos.
12:45 PM – White Mt. was able to see me 2 hour early and now I have a nice break in schedule to grab some lunch. Met lots of people from White Mt as I was the only account present at the time I was there. Nice group of people, and they all speak very highly of Zappos.
2:35 PM – Organizing folders for my appointments tomorrow and Thursday. I have one appt left today with Duck Head at 4:00.
4:10 PM – Finished up with Duck Head short and sweet. Women’s Spring looks great.They are doing lots with color. I have been way ahead of schedule all day and gotten in and out of appointments early all day. Love when that happens! Tomorrow will be a bit harder to stay on schedule as I’m meeting with some big brands from my portfolio.
9:20 PM – Just finishing up dinner with Born at Mesa Grill. Large group of us including Tom McClaskie. Great food, wine, the best white peach margarita I’ve ever had! We are so blessed to “live the good life”.
June 4, 2008
7:39 AM – Day off to a great start. I have the giggles this morning. I am in the cab with Jeanne and Galen on our way to meet with the Clarks family. Have a big day today. Born, Ugg , Merrell , and Ecco . I will probably skip Merrell and Ecco to go back to hotel and get some work done on laptop.
11:00 AM – Met with Clarks/ Privo / Indigo first thing this morning. Clarks line looks great. They know who their customer is and update in their own ways, while keeping up with current trends.
11:24 AM – About to meet with Born.
1:00 PM – Met with Born and watched fashion show for Interim into Spring 09. Line looks great as usual, and they are trying a few things no one has thought of yet. Love my Born reps. They are awesome! The are using many shoes with a “Carrie Bradshaw” type flower on the top.
9:16 PM – Sushi Samba was some of the best food I’ve ever had! Having a great time in NY. Ate dinner with White Mt. crew. My White Mt rep took her first Sake Bomb, it was awesome and she was a natural champ. Go Marianne! After Sushi Samba, headed over to an Irish Pub style place and saw the Deer Stags rep Danny’s family perform in their band. Lots of fun, but it was ending right as we arrived. Headed back to W to check out the lounge. Late night!
June 5, 2008
7:42 AM – Last night was such a fun time at Sushi Samba with White Mt. Delicious food and great company. Then ended up running into Eric and his Steve Madden reps who we had a few drinks with. This afternoon, I am off to the Piers for my last appt of the show with Eastland. Clarks dinner tonight. Can’t wait!
11:00 AM – Just finished up a revision of my Privo and Timberland Outdoor plan. Thank you Caron for giving us the last chance.
3:55 PM – So I am at the Piers. Finished up with Eastland . Women’s Spring looks great and I can’t wait for the styles to hit the site. Men’s was interesting as they are taking more of an urban approach. The shoes looked good. Very nice distressed leathers. I’m outside Dansko booth, waiting for Jeanne, Dave, and Galen to finish up, so we can share a cab back to W.
5:17 PM – Back at hotel, getting a head start on packing for return flight tomorrow afternoon. Heading to Porterhouse for dinner with Clarks at 7:00.
7:16 PM – At Porterhouse restaurant in Time Warner building. Dave and I took an interesting picture with a statue. I have to give it to Graham for the blog! Also, very humid outside right now. I am not into the humidity!
10:00 PM – Dinner with Clarks tonight was amazing, but the coldest restaurant I have ever been in!
11:53 PM – All packed up and ready to go bag home tomorrow. Having a hard time falling asleep. Don’t know why, considering I haven’t had much sleep at all throughout the week. All in all, the trip was a great success and I look forward to receiving many new styles from my brands when they hit the site late fall and Spring 09!
June 6, 2008
10:18 AM – On my way to JFK for return flight to Vegas. Sharing a cab with Eileen and Graham. Glad the show is over, because it is a bit chilly today and starting to drizzle. All in all, the weather held up great all week. Certainly very muggy though! Makes me appreciate the dry heat we are about to enter for a hot Vegas summer. Busy week next week, from catching up on work after FFANY. Good bye New York, see you in December!