MR Q: Richard Chai

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Elise Diamantini: Designer Richard Chai explores new territory through collaborations with Target, Penguin, Palladium and now Filson.

Ones to Watch: Bespoken

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Elise Diamantini: Liam, Sam and James Fayed of Bespoken grew up working in Turnbull & Asser’s stockroom, learning from their dad.

Ones to Watch: Ovadia & Sons

Ovadia and Sons

Elise Diamantini: Ovadia & Sons, which Shimon and Ariel Ovadia launched in 2010, is classic tailored clothing, updated for today’s contemporary man.

The urban tourist

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Elise Diamantini: Urban Outfitters teams up with the Burkman Brothers on The Tourist.

Teaming up

Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Bodega collaboration

Elise Diamantini: Limited-edition collaborations add up at retail.

What’s trending: denim jackets

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Elise Diamantini on denim jackets: As workwear-inspired fashion continues to trend in menswear, it’s not too late to stock this iconic item in your store for fall ’12 or spring ’13.

History repeating

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In menswear, the heritage trend is about authenticity, both real and perceived. Elise Diamantini talks to retailers about how they’re cashing in.

Street scenes: midtown lunch

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Elise Diamantini took a “working lunch” in Bryant Park last week, snapping up shots of guys who were enjoying the sunny weather.

MR Q: Steven Alan

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Elise Diamantini: As the owner of eponymous retail stores, a sales showroom and his own wholesale lines, one might imagine Steven Alan to be a little arrogant. He is, in fact, the opposite—gracious and humble.

Feltraiger: New kids on the block

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Elise Diamantini visits Feltraiger, the latest menswear shop to open in the Lower East Side.