MR Q: Ouigi Theodore, creative director of The Brooklyn Circus

Ouigi Theodore

The ringleader: Ouigi Theodore created his own kind of three-ring circus. “My dream is to see guys hanging on the corner in suits,” the energetic and famously bearded Ouigi Theodore told The New York Times in a profile last January. His store, The Brooklyn Circus, with locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco and a shop-in-shop […]

Next week’s Elements Showcase fragrance trade show

Jeff Lawson, Frederick Bouchardy and Ulrich Lang

When I went to the launch of the Elements Showcase fragrance trade show in January, I was struck by how different it was from other shows. It didn’t have straight aisles or walled booths, and the atmosphere seemed both more modern and more relaxed. As a fragrance aficionado, I was in heaven, discovering brands, some […]

CIT Group names Chai president


NEW YORK—CIT Group has promoted Nelson Chai to president. Chai has been EVP, chief administrative officer and head of strategy. As president, he will take on the additional responsibility of the corporate finance and vendor finance operating segments. He will report to chairman and CEO John Thain. Thain commented, “Nelson has been a key member […]

July same-store sales mixed

NEW YORK—Retailers reported mixed same-store sales for the month of July, with some up and some down. Overall, sales were up an average of 4.8 percent, according to Kantar Retail, which tracks 28 retailers. Frank Badillo, Kantar’s senior economist, said, “Most interesting in these numbers is that many retailers are reporting decent gains in apparel […]

Howard replaces retiring MacCulloch at Lanier

Oxford Industries

ATLANTA—Oxford Industries has promoted Wesley Howard to president of Lanier Clothes, replacing Dennis D. MacCulloch, who is retiring after 22 years with the company. Howard has been with Oxford for nearly 30 years and is credited as a big part of Lanier’s recent repositioning. Oxford president Thomas Chubb III commented in a statement, “I want […]

The MR discussion forum: handling uncomfortable situations

What do you do when a customer or a business partner says something offensive and you can’t just walk away? Last week, as I wrote in a blog post, I saw a couple of menswear vendors handle that sort of situation in a way that made it go from bad to worse: a retailer starts […]

JA Apparel licenses West Coast Hosiery for Abboud brand

Joseph Abboud

NEW YORK—JA Apparel has licensed West Coast Hosiery Group, Inc. for men’s hosiery in the U.S. and Canada for its Joseph Abboud brand. Set to hit stores for fall 2011, the hosiery collection will cover dress, casual and athletic socks under the names JA Collection Blue label and JA White Label. “We’re delighted to work […]

Casual Male opens a Destination XL store in Phoenix

Casual Male Retail Group

PHOENIX—Casual Male Retail Group opened a big & tall Destination XL (DXL) store in Phoenix, Arizona, the retailer’s sixth nationwide. The DXL concept combines Casual Male Retail Group’s other men’s big & tall businesses—Casual Male XL, Rochester Big & Tall, Shoes XL and B&T Direct—under one roof. The 12,600 sq. ft. Phoenix store is located […]

Financo names Colin Welch CEO


NEW YORK—Financo, Inc., an investment banking firm that works closely with the apparel industry, has named Colin Welch president and CEO and promoted Karen Goodman to COO. Welch, who joins Financo from Credit Suisse Securities Europe, will work with founder Gilbert Harrison, who remains chairman of the firm. Financo says that Welch has closed more […]

What not to say when there’s a reporter in the room


On Monday a week ago, I sat at one of the trade shows waiting to talk to a suit vendor I’d been eager to meet. I chatted with his wife as he worked with three retailers. After about ten minutes, I settled into a chair and went through my notes from previous vendors, realizing that […]