Mark Shale files Chapter 11

Mark Shale

Mark Shale has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again, the third time since 1995.

Neckwear Notes: Project Las Vegas

Dibi flame retardant camo

Harry Sheff: It wasn’t long ago that the Project Las Vegas trade show didn’t have any neckwear. These days, there are plenty of ties in greater collections, and even a few dedicated tie lines.

Mark Shale in financial trouble again?

Mark Shale

The three-store Mark Shale chain, which is more than half menswear, has reportedly put most of its buying and marketing staff on furlough.

Well groomed: Baxter of California

Baxter of California owner JP Mastey

Harry Sheff: Forward-thinking men’s grooming brand Baxter of California is almost 50 years old and still a pioneer.

Destination: Grooming


Harry Sheff: By making their fragrance and grooming departments a larger part of their stores, Blackbird, Martinpatrick3 and Halls have become destination shops.

Neckwear Notes: Catching up with Jeff Sencer

Jeff Sencer

Harry Sheff catches up with Jeff Sencer, who joined furnishings maker Steven Land as a consultant nearly a year ago.

Danielle Mandelbaum launches neckwear company


Danielle Mandelbaum, a former Superba and PVH executive and daughter of Superba founder Mervyn Mandelbaum, has launched a new neckwear business.

Drinkwater’s: A tale of two markets

Gary Drinkwater

Harry Sheff: Gary Drinkwater’s compact Cambridge boutique effortlessly blends traditional clothing with neo-traditional sportswear.

Badowers: The fashion center

Michael Chilton and Kevin Hansen

Harry Sheff: Badowers has evolved, proving to both its owner and the greater world of menswear that Des Moines has a fashion customer.

Neiman Marcus to close Minneapolis store next year

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus will close its only Minneapolis store by July next year, according to local reports.