MR Q: Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos

Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos

Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos talks about tailored clothing business, growth plans and their newest venture into footwear. It’s been said you make your best friends in college. That’s true for Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos who met as freshmen in 1998. The two went on to co-found (contemporary sportswear brand) Trovata, left the […]

JCPenney: Tips in tailored


DVP, merchandise manager of men’s accessories/furnishings & tailored clothing, Thorsten Weber gives a look inside JCPenney’s growing tailored clothing business. JCPenney is going after the younger customer in a big way and he’s responding, especially to tailored clothing. The retailer attributes recent store growth to men’s apparel sales and the addition of exclusive brands like […]

Suitsupply: Coming to America

Fokke de Jong

Dutch-based Suitsupply is about to take the U.S. market by storm. This is a longer version of the story that appeared in MR’s June issue. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, two suit experts were asked to review the quality and make of six suits from opening price to designer in an unscientific, blind […]

Places: Copenhagen, Denmark


Hitting the streets of Denmark’s most stylish city. The Copenhagen Retail Scene For a small city, there are a ton of cool things happening in Copenhagen, especially during Copenhagen Fashion Week, which I attended in February thanks to sponsorship from the Copenhagen Fashion Council. The three-day excursion was jam-packed with attending runway shows, walking tradeshows, […]

3 Quick Questions for… Vinnie’s Styles

These guys have style. From left to right: Owners Polo P, Desta and Jacob Parris with George Harris.

When my phone rang last week, I never thought my former boss from Triple 5 Soul would be on the other end. I’ve had many stints in retail, and George was my all-time favorite manager, so I was thrilled to hear that he’s working for Vinnie’s Styles now. I stopped by to catch up with […]

Catching up with Atrium

Alan Fernandez and Sam Ben-Avraham

Manhattan’s Atrium re-invents itself by going back to its roots. Atrium owner Sam Ben-Avraham knows the negative impact of over-distribution. “You really can’t decipher between specialty and department stores anymore,” he told MR. “The last couple of years we’ve seen brands open distribution and start selling everyone. They say, different stores buy different pieces, but […]

Spring Snaps: Man on the Street


After that bitter winter, the weather is finally starting to warm up in New York City. Guys are trading in their parkas and puffers for spring jackets and sportcoats–and we’re taking notice! We snapped these shots of men who are embracing the spring season with style. The images below are thumbnails. Click on an image […]

3 Quick Questions for… Diesel’s Renzo Rosso

Renzo Rosso

Diesel, the Italian-based denim and sportswear company, is a staple in the contemporary market.  Always on the cutting edge of design and marketing, Diesel is distributed worldwide in 400 monobrand stores and 5,000 other points of sale. In our new web feature we ask founder and president Renzo Rosso 3 Quick Questions. 1. What makes Diesel stand […]

Where you at? Location-based marketing for retailers


Location-based marketing platforms like Foursquare are changing the way retailers reach consumers. Location based marketing… what is it? And why should retailers care about it? New location-based technologies like Foursquare are helping create some excitement and offering new ways for retailers to interact with and market to customers. Here’s how Foursquare works: it’s a mobile […]

MR Q: Victorinox president Joachim Beer


Sharp Moves: The new president of Victorinox, Joachim Beer, looks to grow global wholesale and retail business. Victorinox is shaking things up! With a new president and cool, contemporary product offerings for fall 2011, this is not the same outdoorsy brand made famous for their Swiss Army knives. Even though apparel makes up a modest […]