About Elise Diamantini

Elise Diamantini, managing editor, covers the contemporary market for MR Magazine and MRketplace.com. A former MR intern, Elise graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications and an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising. Elise resides in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood perfect for people-watching and trend-spotting.

Kathy Bufano: The Woman on Top

Kathy Bufano

Focused on becoming a $6 billion business, Belk’s president of merchandising Kathy Bufano is bringing fashion to the forefront. By Elise Diamantini

Bluemasters, Innovation in Denim Release Party

Adriano Goldschmied and Scott Morrison

Isko, Archroma and Liberty Fairs sponsored a book release party for Bluemasters, Innovation in Denim at 3×1 in Manhattan.

Charming Charlotte

Bruce & Diana

On a trip to Charlotte, N.C., Elise Diamantini and Karen Alberg Grossman take a tour of local specialty stores, including Taylor Richards & Conger, Bruce Julian, Paul Simon and Westport Big & Tall.

Betting on Belts


Inspired by Happy Socks, Andrew Heffernan and Anna Lundberg decided to cash in men’s accessories — but opted to focus on belts.

Denim for Days

PRPS jeans

Elise Diamantini: A shift from basics to fashion is breathing new life into the denim market.

Ones to Watch: Marwood

Becky French

Becky French, a designer who’s worked at Ralph Lauren and Aquascutum, launched Marwood with a collection of U.K.-made neckwear in 2011. By Elise Diamantini

Neighborhood Shop: By Robert James

By Robert James

After finding a strong neighborhood following in NYC’s Lower East Side, Robert James is hoping to recreate his formula with two new stores in Brooklyn. By Elise Diamantini

Transparent Mission: Everlane


Online retailer Everlane makes its direct-to-consumer model totally transparent, explaining costs and markups to customers.

Marketing by the Box

Birchbox Man

Birchbox, a subscription-based service that sends boxes of men’s or women’s grooming samples each month, is also an aggressive marketer and online retailer.

Dual Purpose: Mise en Scene


Former Project president and Kiki de Montparnasse co-founder Andrew Pollard opened Mise en Scène, an experimental retail concept in Venice Beach.