Abercrombie: Whose Line is it Anyway?

Screaming girls, shirtless guys, and…polo shirts with moose emblems? Hmm, these three things don’t seem to go together, unless you’re at New York City’s Fifth Avenue Abercrombie store. Lately, there are more articles about teens feeling the economic pinch. When MRketplace.com reported September’s same-store sales, Abercrombie’s had dropped 14 percent from last year. I couldn’t help […]

Trends at Trafik

I searched the Trafik tradeshow floor in Miami for fresh and exciting trends for spring ’09. While I didn’t find anything completely new and innovative, I did find brands executing current contemporary trends very well. Left: Cardigan by Drifter. Right: Chuck Bass on The CW’s Gossip Girl wears a cardigan with a dress shirt and […]

New Nudies

When Karen and I walked into Project last Tuesday we never thought we’d leave with a new pair of Nudie jeans. We stopped by to check out the spring collection when Diego Rosa of Want Agency asked if we wanted to swap our jeans for a pair of theirs. I was a little skeptical (I […]

Reasons to Look Forward to Las Vegas

While surfing the web yesterday, an article on men.style.com caught my eye. It featured 10 reasons to be cheerful this summer, 10 cures for the summertime blues. Items of note are: The return of the BMW M1, Flickr porn and Topman’s U.S. debut. With Vegas just around the corner, I started thinking about the things […]

Getting Back to Local

As a loyal reader of pretty much every menswear/fashion blog on the Internet, there has been a lot of buzz on the web about Freeman’s Sporting Club, a men’s store in Manhattan’s Lower East side that specializes in made-to-measure suits, tailored clothing and some sportswear. FSC is opening another barber shop in New York. Photo […]

Spring Trends: Dressing Up Madras

We are feverishly working on MR’s June dress-up issue which means that I’ve been out in the market talking to insiders about business and what we can look forward to for spring ’09. I’m writing a contemporary tailored clothing story and of course, spoke to Michael Macko, fashion director of Saks to get his expertise […]

Back to School

When our editor Karen told me she that she was teaching a class at my Alma Mater FIT last Friday, of course I jumped at the chance to sit in on it. Karen taught a market research class to fashion merchandising majors. The group was made up of eleven girls mostly interested in careers in […]

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Engineered Garments for winning the GQ/CFDA 2008 Best New Menswear Designer in America! GQ teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to recognize emerging talent in the menswear industry. The other five finalists included: Gilded Age, Obedient Sons, Rag & Bone, Spurr and Steven Alan. Models wearing clothes by […]

Superbowl? Super Ascots!

It wasn’t the nail biting fourth quarter of the Giants/Patriots game Sunday night that caught my attention, it was the halftime show. Cliché I know. But specifically, it was the ascot ties that Tom Petty and another member of the Heartbreakers were sporting during their performance. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Superbowl. Photo: […]

Projections from Project

This season was my first at Project and it was comforting to meet the designers of Mottainai, a new line created by fellow F.I.T. graduates. Creative director, Luke McCann explained it was Mottainai’s first season and third day to ever be exposed to the public. Mottainai, which is Japanese for “what a waste,” is a […]