February same-store sales up 4.4%, despite bad weather

NEW YORK—Despite some bad weather, overall same-store sales for major retailers were up about 4.4 percent, according to Kantar Retail. “The results also held up despite slightly tougher year-ago comparisons, but those comparisons are likely to take a toll in the coming months—even factoring out the Easter shift from March to late April this year,” […]

Schmoozing: Hudson Jeans/ENK party at the Wynn


Hudson Jeans and the ENK trade show hosted their biannual Las Vegas market party at the Blush club at the Wynn Casino last week. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

Ike Behar licenses Barton Como for jewelry

Ike Behar

NEW YORK—Furnishings brand Ike Behar announced that it has licensed Barton Como for Ike Behar Jewelry, which will include cufflinks. The collection will retail from between $150 and $350 for pieces in a variety of metals and semi-precious stones. Ike Behar president Alan Behar said in a statment, “Our discriminating clients have been so responsive […]

Schmoozing: Chicago Collective, January 2011


The Chicago Collective tradeshow, January 30 through February 1, 2011. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

January same-store sales rise 5%

NEW YORK—January same-store sales were up an average of nearly 5 percent, according to Kantar Retail—not bad for a month full of storms, all across the country. Kantar noted that this was better than January 2010′s 3.3 percent gain, and better than the previous month’s 3.2 percent gain. “Shoppers are slowly becoming less cautious about […]

Robert Talbott up for sale?

Robert Talbott

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif.—Luxury furnishings brand Robert Talbott is up for sale and Hampshire Group and HMX are among the bidders, according to market sources. Hampshire Group, a mid-market knitwear and sportswear manufacturer, is apparently the front runner. Sources say that talks between Robert Talbott owner Robb Talbott and PVH broke down before they could get […]

Three teen retailers will stop reporting same-store sales

Abercrombie & Fitch

NEW YORK—Three major teen retailers will stop reporting their monthly sales performance, according to a report in Bloomberg News today. Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale and American Eagle Outfitters will all cease reporting monthly same-store sales after tomorrow’s January figures come out. Abercrombie & Fitch officially announced last November that it would stop reporting monthly numbers […]

Tailored Clothing: Suited for change

Kenneth Cole New York

After a modest but promising uptick in sales at retail, tailored clothing is bracing for another hurdle. It’s the same issue for tailored clothing as it is for every other apparel category: rising costs. Cotton is way up, so is wool and even synthetics. And Chinese manufacturers have ceded more of their capacity to their […]

Obituary: Lewis Cohen, Owner of Irving Berlin Men’s Shop


MIAMI—Lewis Cohen, owner of the Irving Berlin Men’s Shop in Hollywood, Fla. Has died at 88. Cohen, who was born in Philadelphia, founded the store with his business partner, Irving Berlin (not the songwriter) in 1953. Berlin long since left the business, but Cohen’s daughter, Ronni Cohen Coaches joined him 30 years ago. Cohen is […]

Barbour Opens SoHo Store, Signs Gore-Tex Deal


NEW YORK—Waxed cotton outerwear and outdoor apparel company Barbour Inc. opened its second New York City store last month, on Wooster Street in SoHo. The store is showing Barbour’s fall/winter 2010 Heritage line through the holidays and will reopen to show spring/summer 2011 in early spring. “We are very excited to expand our New York […]