Ones to watch: Vincent Lai, Skinny Vinny

Vincent Lai

Brooklyn native Vincent Lai was between industrial design jobs when some sample bags he made as an experiment took off.

Ones to watch: Gilbert Chen, Barque

Gilbert Chen

Taiwanese-born Gilbert Chen cut his teeth at a number of big-name businesses after graduating from Parsons before launching his own line two years ago.

Fashion Week: The David Hart show

David Hart orange herringbone tweed

Neckwear designer David Hart staged his first fashion week show with a full collection of tailored clothing, dress shirts and knitwear.

Ones to watch: Jake Bronstein, Flint & Tinder

Jake Bronstein

Jake Bronstein raised nearly $300,000 on Kickstarter for Flint & Tinder, his premium underwear venture—10 times his goal.

Ones to Watch: Lauren Giambalvo, Jack Henry New York

Laure Giambalvo

“There’s something about a guy in a nice suit,” says Lauren Giambalvo, founder and designer of Jack Henry New York. Her suiting collection has expanded to tees and sweats with leather and sweaters to follow.

Ones to watch: Armstrong & Wilson

Armstrong & Wilson

Ontario Armstrong and Clifton Wilson, former Nordstrom sales associates and both finalists in Esquire‘s “Best Dressed Real Men in America“ contest, started their accessories company three years ago.

WearFirst names Bass VP

Young men’s sportswear brand WearFirst has named Chan Bass vice president, a newly created position.

Pockets in Dallas to close in May

David Smith

On the heels of his second best year ever, David Smith is closing Pockets, his 39-year-old better men’s specialty store.

The new neckwear market

Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson model their Tie the Knot bow ties

The mainstream tie business is much more than wide silk ties, with continued growth in unexpected places.

A united front

JA Apparel factory

The heavily unionized men’s tailored clothing factories of the U.S. are enjoying the popularity of American-made products.