Item of the Week: Illesteva sunglasses

Illesteva sunglasses

This week’s item is pretty ill; actually it’s the Illest eva: Illesteva sunglasses that is. A new-ish brand that launched in 2009 by Daniel Silberman and DJ Jus Ske. Tom Simon, owner of Hub Clothing in Scottsdale, Arizona recently told us how pleasantly surprised he was by the brand’s sell-throughs. “We were never really big […]

Catching up with Jerome Dahan, Citizens of Humanity

Jereome Dahan

Jerome Dahan moved to LA in the ’80s (he was born in France and then lived in Montreal) to pursue his career in designer denim. Over the years, Dahan created an impressive resume: he launched 7 For All Mankind, and has had a hand in brand-building both Guess and Lucky Brand jeans. He took his […]

Contemporary retail survey: Modern love


Who says there’s no excitement in the contemporary market? Retailers are reporting that business is “surprisingly good” and started picking up begining third quarter. Although they’re planning more modest increases for 2011, there is optimism that the momentum will continue. Between limited-edition collaborations, innovative social media marketing opportunities and cool product, there are many reasons […]

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 […]