JCPenney menswear team hit hard by lay-offs

JCPenney

JCPenney isn’t commenting about the 600 employees affected by its latest restructuring moves, but according to sources, its menswear team was hit hard.

Our uneasy heritage

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Harry Sheff: With our love of heritage brands and classic workwear, we’re trying—and often failing—to reconnect with a more productive past.

JCPenney to cut 600 workers at Plano headquarters

JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson

JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson announced the company would “operate like a start-up,” a move that would cut 600 workers from its Plano, Texas headquarters.

A brief history of men’s magazines in the recession

Maxim-March2012

Harry Sheff: 2008 and 2009 were certainly the worst years for men’s magazines, but 2012 isn’t off to a good start with Antenna’s demise and cuts at Maxim.

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

Uniqlo

Harry Sheff: Uniqlo has a reputation for employing small armies for each of its stores—and for spending a lot of time and money on training.

Like a man, part two — with a chainsaw

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In the second of Lost Boys owner Kelly Muccio’s Like a Man video series, the Washington, D.C. retailer gets a cocktail lesson from chainsaw-wielding bartender Derek Brown.

Belk launches Southern designer contest

Belk

Regional department store retailer Belk has launched a contest for Southern apparel designers in multiple categories for its 125th anniversary celebration.

Neckwear Notes: The dismal state of dimples

Brian Williams has a less than perfect knot

Harry Sheff: NBC’s Brian Williams is among those who exhibit a lackadaisical approach to the dimple below the tie knot.

Schmoozing: AG hosts Foster the People at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

AG Presents Foster The People

AG Adriano Goldschmied hosted a performance by the band Foster the People at The Cosmopolitan Casino in Las Vegas last week.

Melissa McNally promoted to senior director of marketing at Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss VP Ward Simmons announced that Melissa McNally has been promoted to senior director of marketing for Hugo Boss.