Everyone shops. And the ever-changing retailing industry allows you to replenish at will. 

So when retail leaders get together, like they’re doing this week in Dallas, they seek inspiration from other experts who also are looking for new ways to engage with and attract shoppers.

The two-day Texas A&M Center for Retailing Summit, appropriately enough, is held at Westin Galleria. The 21-story hotel adjoins the 200-store Galleria mall. The summit pays for scholarships for students attending Texas A&M’s Center for Retailing Studies, which is part of the Mays Business School.

Student entrepreneurs

For the second year, A&M included student entrepreneurs as part of the conference. One of them, Gavin Lynch, is founder of Slapeyewear, and he doesn’t need investors. “I just want people to buy my glasses,” he said, noting that he has sold 7,000 pairs so far. 

The New Braunfels native, who plans to graduate in December, funded his startup with money he made buying and reselling sneakers in high school. Lynch’s sunglasses use the idea of 1990s slapbands for the arms. They roll up around your wrist, so there’s less chance of leaving them behind by accident, he said. 

Slapeyewear launched in May and Lynch said he worked on it for several months prior. He’s reinvesting his revenue into making new models and marketing on Instagram. 

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