MERCHANDISING: The Gay Uncluttered

To convention-wise Chicago, the pattern of last week's annual Spring & Summer Apparel Market and Gift Show was familiar enough. Some 4,000 buyers of women's and children's apparel and accessories, gifts, china, etc., for the nation's big & little stores crowded hotel lobbies and trooped through bedroom suites made over into salesrooms. As usual, they scrutinized the tall, leggy models and sailed into the free drinks. But times had changed; they were not really enjoying themselves.

The Government's virtual ban on convention travel (deadline, Feb. 1) made this convention the last such...

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