Man on the street: Naples

Pop cool

Passa farti una foto? While touring the Italian city of Napoli on a recent press trip, it was hard for me not to notice all of the well-dressed men on the streets. Of course, there were many guys wearing gorgeous suits, but it was the more casual, contemporary guys who caught my eye (surprise, surprise). […]

Naples, Italy: A timeless tradition


I was recently invited to attend the Press/Opinion Makers tour of the fashion sector in Naples, Italy which was sponsored by The Provincial Council of Naples and IRVAT. We toured the exquisite Neapolitan coast and island of Ischia, making stops along the way at menswear shops and meeting with manufacturers (who all hand-make goods in […]

Contemporary trend forecast: Rugged revival


Americana, heritage, workwear…those were the buzzwords in the contemporary market for 2010. Older brands reinvented themselves and became new again and all the downtown cool kids picked up on it (Barbour or Red Wing, anyone?). And look at all the collaborations between traditional brands and contemporary stores. It happened on all levels of retail, from […]

New Video: Elise Diamantini Tours Rothman’s


MR’s Elise Diamantini gets a personal tour of Rothman’s in NYC from owners Ken and Jim Giddon.

From Flash to Full: Gilt Groupe’s John Auerbach


John Auerbach is spearheading Gilt Groupe’s new full-price men’s e-commerce site. Gilt Groupe, the e-commerce firm famous for limited-time designer sample sales, has had a major impact on online retail by introducing the flash sale model. With more than 400,000 Gilt Man customers and Gilt Groupe’s $100 million-plus men’s business, the company is launching a […]

A SoHo Saturday

I met up with my oh-so-stylish friend Jamel last Saturday to check out what’s new in Soho. We had a perfect fall day in New York City, crisp and sunny, so we walked the streets, stopping at men’s, and of course some women’s stores. (Can you blame me?) Here’s my take on a few of […]

An American girl in Napoli

Until recently, I had never traveled outside of the United States. Can you even believe it? Never, ever. So when Karen approached me to go on a press trip sponsored by The Provincial Council of Naples and IRVAT to Napoli, all I could say was “Arrivederci New York!” We began our first day with a […]

Project Pollard

Andrew Pollard

Project’s new president is learning as he goes, and encouraging the contemporary market to do the same. You co-founded Kiki De Montparnasse and are the former VP of sales at Diesel USA and Sixty USA. What’s the state of contemporary business today? In my mind, the contemporary market is the most exciting category in men’s […]

Bloomie’s: Bullish and bearish


David Fisher, EVP men’s & kids’, shares his observations on the season. How’s business so far this season? Business overall is “okay.” The positive standout is tailored clothing. Bloomingdale’s hits a sweet spot when it comes to a well-priced suit that’s not too expensive and not too inexpensive in the $800 to $1,000 range. Burberry, […]

Outta the Park

Picture this: A man logs on to his computer. He chats with his personal stylist via Skype about his current style, apparel items that he already owns and what he might want or need. Based on his responses and her expertise she sends him a box filled with a couple of complete outfits. He “meets” […]