October 26, 2012. Behind The Scenes
Posted by John
I am always reminded that Fall is upon us, not because the leaves are turning to brilliant oranges, reds and yellows, but because I am returning from my annual buying trip to Asia. This also happens to be one of the few times where I get to leave behind the daily grind of the office and get creative! It’s on these trips where as a Buyer I don’t need to spend my days reviewing sales reports and attending meetings. I get to shop!
I have blogged before on how fashion influences our purchases. I’m doing it again. Last time it was men’s fashion, this time it’s colour. As I was changing planes in Tokyo I was walking by the Coach store and the colours jumped right out at me. Those are our Fall colours! Now I don’t think Coach is following our lead by any means, but we didn’t follow theirs either! I felt some level of satisfaction that our buying team really hit the mark this year! I mean check out our teal throws, the saffron coloured Flynn Ottoman, even our Bianca sideboard. Oranges, yellows, teal! And we’re taking these colours right into the holiday season too!
As our furniture buyer, I occasionally envy our accessory buyers. They really get to delve into the world of colour and make our stores stand out; they give my wood coloured tables and white and grey sofas the punch of colour they need. While I can’t very well add a teal bed, why not a purple leather sofa? All too often we get caught up in what will really work for a lot of our customers; though sometimes we push the envelope. It’s one of those things that makes us Urban Barn!
So it’s decided then – I’m doing it. Coming early next year, say early February, you’re going to see a purple leather sofa! I mean it! Keep an eye on us around early February for the hot new McCoy Leather Sofa, in purple in select locations. Pictured here in red, this is also coming in white for the slightly less adventurous. Purple leather though!