Ron Johnson discusses JCPenney’s new strategy


JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson detailed some of the retailer’s new pricing strategy, a new logo and a new store merchandising plan today in New York City.

Schmoozing: Van Heusen’s Tie One On party

Van Heusen neckwear relaunch party

PVH celebrated the re-launch of neckwear for its Van Heusen brand at the Campbell Apartment bar in Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal.

Style stagnation or just nostalgia?

Michael Gross and Michael J. Fox in Family Ties

Harry Sheff: Has men’s style really changed much in the last 20 years? Even as technology rockets forward, we still dress like we always have.

The Alliance for Main Street Fairness


The Alliance for Main Street Fairness is dedicated to closing the infamous internet sales tax loopholes that allow many American consumers to get tax-free merchandise by purchasing online, rather than in local shops.

Furnishings: Change is good

Randa Accessories is starting to put QR codes on hang tags to direct younger customers to online videos that show how to tie a tie.

Harry Sheff: Shirts and ties have been evolving fast to meet the needs of a younger market.

Syms Corp., Filene’s Basement LLC file chapter 11


Syms Corp., the operator of the Syms and Filene’s Basement off-price stores, has filed chapter 11.

Northern Grade, a Minneapolis menswear event


Northern Grade, a menswear pop-up market in Minneapolis, had a successful second annual event in September. Harry Sheff spoke to Katherine McMillan of the neckwear brand Pierrepont Hicks about how she and another Minnesota brand, J.W. Hulme Co., organized it.

Neckwear Notes: Florals and other patterns

Armstrong & Wilson pocket square

Harry Sheff: While the buying public may not be through with plaids for the next few seasons, fashion editors have been yearning for something new, and florals patterns are among the contenders.

Neckwear Notes: The return of the US-made knit tie

Paul Eilenberg

Harry Sheff: For years, it’s been common wisdom that American factories cannot make knit ties — until neckwear veteran Paul Eilenberg quietly introduced a colorful collection of American-made knits.

American factories: Red Wing Shoes


Harry Sheff and his brother Morgan Sheff tour the Red Wing Shoe factory and the S.B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing, Minnesota.