Monday, October 25, 2010

Kain Label... Making Fashion Look So Easy

"Resortwear," "Beach Fashion," "City Couture"...Whatever category you want to put Kain Label into, it's all OK. Kain Label fits into all of the above. The beauty of this LA fashion architect is that they have the distinct ability to take the mundane to insane, from bleak to chic, ordinary to extraordinary. Need I go on?  For example, they have learned to tweak out the most humble of dresser drawer items, the Classic Pocket Tee, and take it to a completely new level by using 21st century fabrics and sexy, modern styling.

And yes, their sweaters are slouchy, but still gorgeous, their dresses simple, but nothing less than fabulous.

Kain Label is new for Tropi-Ties and we’re so happy that we’ve found each other. A perfect fit, if I must say so myself. It travels well, looks stylish in any situation and has utter sex appeal. We hope that you stop by and give us your opinion on this new resortwear line. We love it and we hope that you do too.
~ C.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Waiting in the Doldrums for the 2011 Swimwear...Sigh...

August, September and October are always the slowest months in the retail swimwear world.  If our customers haven't gotten their swimsuit by mid-summer, then they probably won't get one at all.  It is a natural end of a retail cycle that all of us swimwear affectionados know all too well.  By September, we've seen most of the new lines and have placed our orders for the Cruise season.  Last season's swimsuits are just about sold out...thus begins the slow wait.  It's kind of like fishing in the afternoon.  Chances are, the fish won't bite until evening, but our lines are in the water, just in case.


So now, it's mid-October and frankly, I'm getting a little antsy for the new styles to start arriving.  We have web pages to build, photos to take and the orders for the Thanksgiving vacationers start to shop for the latest and greatest in swimsuits and beachwear. 

This is also a time to reflect on our products and level of customer services offered.  Gawd knows...we can certainly do better.  Let's face it, last season, we were way too slow to refund our customers' returns.  We're sorry.  We also became just a bit intolerant with people asking us to bend our rules and we reluctantly had to continue with our restocking fee policy.  (Personally, I hate restocking fees, but it became necessary when our competitors secretly and continually ordered a slew of products from us, for whatever reason, and then sent them all back soiled, damaged and wreaking of perfume.  I mean...really...who does that?) 

This year will be different.  We've tried hard to find the greatest products ever and we'll continue with that quest.  We plan to improve the web site with better graphics, have less typos and errors, more product information and of course, the lowest and best prices for our products. We also vow to have the very best customer service in our retailing sector and will even put public customer feedback comments on each and every product page, so people can tell the world just how good, OR bad we are.   We love our customers and want to pamper them in these rough, economic times to let them know that we really do appreciate and honor their patronage.  So, now's the time to say our, "Thank Yous," to all of our patrons for a great 2010 season.  THANK YOU TO ALL!!!  And now...the lights dim, there's rustling backstage...get's almost showtime for, "Swimwear 2011!"

~ C.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Junior-Teen Swimwear Line-Up for 2011

There's that age...that glorious age in a woman's life...somewhere between playing baseball with the neighborhood kids and tossing a baseball to your own child...those fabulous years when you could eat just about anything and not gain an ounce.   It's that time when all the older women hated you as you strutted down the beach in your brand new, teeny-tiny bikini with not a care in the world. 

"Junior-Teen," isn't quite the right term for that age group, but for lack of a better word, we'll use it here, today.  A lot of swimwear these days just does not take into account that this girl is special.  The swimwear designers just do, "one style fits all age groups," designs in hope of catering to everyone of every age and perhaps saving a bit of money in production.  We appreciate those designers that take notice and really know how to show off a young woman's assets AND they know how to have some fun with swimwear fashion.  They also know that fit and sizing is just a little bit different than the Missy set...a little smaller over all, but they still need a bikini top with support and not everyone wants to show off ALL of their booty.  Junior-Teen designers have finally figured out that not every teen even wants a bikini.  It's been refreshing to see some super cute one piece swimsuits in the 2011 swimwear collections.

So, which are the top Jr.-Teen swimwear lines this year?  I'd place my money on Maaji Swimwear and I certainly wouldn't count out Salinas Swimwear for 2011.  And although, the Agua Bendita Swimwear fit is just a tad larger than Jr., I would have to include them too.  (See my posts below for examples and pix of these lines.)  All of these lines have fresh designs and new takes on the 1 piece swimsuit.  I'm hoping to uncover even more new Jr.-Teen lines.  Designers step up to the plate!  Perhaps just as soon as this economy straightens out, we will have more brave souls.

~ C.