Beyond plaid: Contemporary retail survey

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Elise Diamantini: There’s good news in contemporary business at retail. According to our survey of independent stores across the country, 85 percent reported increases in overall business.

One stop shop

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Elise Diamantini: Opening a retail space that sells men’s apparel as well as a variety of non-apparel items, as NYC’s Lost Weekend does, is becoming increasingly popular.

Wish they all could be…

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Elise Diamantini on California street style.

Schmoozing: Karmaloop x BBC party in Las Vegas

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Karmaloop x Billionaire Boys Club VIP reception hosted by Greg Selkoe and Pharrell Williams at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Vested Interest

Rocky Mountain Featherbed

Elise Diamantini finds a new interest in vests at the trade shows in Las Vegas.

Break the chain

Downtown editor Elise Diamantini

When we first talked about launching downtown, this new contemporary section within MR Magazine, the discussion certainly got heated when trying to define the word contemporary. The term is broad and depending on who you ask, can mean totally different things. Some contemporary retailers don’t even like to use the word, so do we have […]

Scenes from the sales floor

Stronghold

Three Los Angeles retailers, The Stronghold, Standard Goods and Feal Mor, share tales from the sales floor.

Ones to watch

Carl Cunow

Elise Diamantini and John Jones talk to three designers who are on the verge of big things: Micah Cohen of Shades of Grey, Carl Cunow of Onia and Caius Olowu of 020608 Tears of Bleu.

Calling all the shots

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Elise Diamantini: Randy Brewer, a longtime buyer for San Francisco men’s stores, opened his own shop in Berkeley in 2010.

Ahead of the curve

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Elise Diamantini talks to Karamloop’s founder, Greg Selkoe, about his new projects, including the YouTube channel he created with Pharrell Williams.