Scenes from the sales floor


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

Randy Brewer

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

Photo by Mari Nishimura

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

Fall 2012: The dollar’s in the details


Every season, before I start the tradeshow circuit, I make an appointment with Doneger’s Tim Bess to check out his trend forecast presentation. Tim’s charismatic personality and thorough assessment of the market always gets me pumped to enter the next round of shows. Over the past few seasons menswear has seriously cleaned up and gone […]

Colored bottoms: Get ‘em while they’re hot!


Elise Diamantini: There’s no doubt about it, colored bottoms are at the top of retailers’ fall ’12 hit lists.

Great expectations


Elise Diamantini: We asked Joey Gonzalez of Fred Segal Man, Eric Jennings of Saks and Ryan Eccles of Union what’s new, next and what they hope to find for fall 2012.

Contemporary: Denim direction


Elise Diamantini: Bootcut styles and color are triggering new interest in denim.

Ones to watch: Stepping out

Spring 2012 looks from Marlon Gobel

These three emerging designers, Marlon Gobel, Ian Velardi and Todd Snyder, started their careers working for big names. Now they’re now showing their own visions.

Blazing new trails

Nanshan compound in China

Elise Diamantini: The Nanshan Group, a huge Chinese manufacturing conglomerate known best to the American market as the maker of Paul Betenly suits, recently celebrated 30 years in business.