Apothecary profile: Martinpatrick3

Sam Fehrenbach

Harry Sheff speaks to Sam Fehrenbach, manager of Martinpatrick3 in Minneapolis, about the store’s large and growing apothecary section.

Looking for the new and novel at the shows

Henrik Vibskov

Harry Sheff: Exotic cufflinks and pins, travel chopsticks, wild pants and hair pomade were a few of the things that caught my eye at the Las Vegas and New York trade shows.

Moods of Norway opening an NYC store

Moods of Norway

Moods of Norway, the Norwegian brand known for its colorful suits, is opening its second US store.

Neckwear Notes: When customers don’t get the product


Harry Sheff: Retailers have their work cut out for them, educating risk-averse consumers about neckwear.

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.