Nickelson Wooster joins JCPenney as men’s creative director

Nick Wooster

Nickelson Wooster has been named creative director for menswear at JCPenney, according to a report in the New York Post.

MR announces 2012 Uptown/Downtown Award winners

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MR Magazine has announced the 10 winners of its 7th annual Uptown/Downtown Awards, along with three special honorees: Saks Fifth Avenue’s Tom Ott, Pat Mon Pere of Fresno, Calif.-based Patrick James and Sid Shapiro of Chicago’s Syd Jerome.

Steve Lawrence named chief merchant at Stage Stores

Steve Lawrence

Steve Lawrence, who left JCPenney after 11 years in March, has been named chief merchandising officer at Houston-based Stage Stores.

JCPenney menswear team hit hard by lay-offs

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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

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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

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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

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