It may be gloomy/soggy/gross right now, but that crisp breeze means fall is just a few weeks away. Translation: Stores are filling up with new, must-have merch. To help you sort through it all, we asked 100 area retailers to tell us the one item that makes them excited for the season. The answers ranged from a killer volumizing powder that works miracles on flat hair to a handy solar-powered charger to keep your gadgets juiced up. The full selection has clothes, toys, food, and more, but check out a few of our favorites after the jump.
25th Anniversary Collection camel duffle coat by Tommy Hilfiger
Why It's Their Fall Pick: "[It's] a twisted neo-preppy throwback.”
Why It's Their Fall Pick: "[It's] designed for one-handed application."—Ian Ginsberg, president of C.O. Bigelow
HeatTech long johns
Why It's Their Fall Pick: "[It's] functional as ever, but the pattern is fun."—Tim Cummins, men's merchandiser for Uniqlo
The Outsiders Cape by Topshop
Why It's Their Fall Pick: "It's like being wrapped up in your coziest blanket, but much chicer!"—Jamie Freed, personal shopping manager for Topshop
Price: $128 each
Why It's Their Fall Pick: "[It's] a great skull-alternative."—Maria Sutherland, manager of N.Y.C. Motorcycle Federation
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