Neckwear Notes: Sir Richard Branson, tie hater

Sir Richard Branson under extreme duress at the Time 100 gala. Photo by David Shankbone.

Harry Sheff: British billionaire Richard Branson’s anti-neckwear rant is ironic and out of touch.

JCPenney names John Tighe men’s GMM

John Tighe

JCPenney has named John Tighe men’s GMM, filling the position vacated by Steve Lawrence. Tighe will report to chief merchant Elizabeth Sweney.

American sportswear brands make their Pitti debut

Tellason's TonyPatella and PeteSearson

We spoke to a few of the American sportswear brands that will be making their Florence debut in June and asked them about their strategies.

What men’s stores can learn from the big guys: Lululemon

Lululemon

Harry Sheff: How does a company that sells $100 yoga pants post 12 consecutive quarters of big growth? Here’s what menswear retailers can learn from Lululemon.

Neckwear Notes: Brooks bow tie business is brisk

Brooks Brothers

Harry Sheff talks to Jeff Blee about bow ties and pocket squares, two categories performing extremely well at Brooks Brothers.

The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s

Suits

Harry Sheff checks out the private label men’s program at Bloomingdale’s.

Department store nostalgia

Service And Style

Harry Sheff: Only the very young don’t have some memory of visiting a regional department store.

Obituary: Jerome B. Myers

Jerry Myers

Jerome B. Myers, a neckwear legend who helped build the Rooster label and a longtime furnishings executive at Polo Ralph Lauren, has died. He was 83.

Nickelson Wooster joins JCPenney as men’s creative director

Nick Wooster

Nickelson Wooster has been named creative director for menswear at JCPenney, according to a report in the New York Post.

MR announces 2012 Uptown/Downtown Award winners

Drinkwater's

MR Magazine has announced the 10 winners of its 7th annual Uptown/Downtown Awards, along with three special honorees: Saks Fifth Avenue’s Tom Ott, Pat Mon Pere of Fresno, Calif.-based Patrick James and Sid Shapiro of Chicago’s Syd Jerome.