Nine vendors to exhibit at Park Lane Hotel for market week

NEW YORK—Crit Rawlings and his Crittenden tailored clothing collection are leading a group of nine menswear vendors who have left the Designer Forum New York to exhibit at the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South for market week this month. The group includes Mine Apparel, Byron In-Stock Suits, Peter Blair, Smathers & Branson, The […]

Survey: Fashion and retail jobs bouncing back


NEW YORK—The job market in the fashion industry is beginning to bounce back, according to a survey published today by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the recruitment firm 24 Seven, Inc. The survey polled about 2,000 U.S. apparel industry professionals in retail, design, sales, merchandising and various other positions. “The fashion and […]

Neckwear Notes: The Dimple Clip

Dimple Clip display

Neckwear Notes is an ongoing series of conversations, notes and short features about the neckwear world and its personalities and brands. Neckwear Notes will tend to focus on the little guys, the new brands and the upstarts, because they tend to be the risk takers. A good dimple under the knot of a tie is […]

Macy’s: Strong suit


At Macy’s, fit, fashion and seasonal fabrics continue to drive clothing increases. It’s been a good year for Frank Chellew and his tailored clothing team at Macy’s. For the past 12 months, clothing business has continued to show consistent gains, with the ubiquitous slim two-button flatfront model clearly driving sales. “The clothing customer is back […]

Sears Canada names Calvin McDonald CEO

Sears Canada

TORONTO—Sears Canada Inc. has appointed Calvin McDonald president and CEO, succeeding Dene Rogers. McDonald joins Sears Canada from Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest supermarket chain, where he was an EVP. He starts at Sears Canada immediately. Sears Canada’s board chairman William C. Crowley commented in a statement, “The board of directors of Sears Canada is […]

Gilt Man names Nick Wooster fashion advisor

Nick Wooster

NEW YORK—Online flash sale site Gilt Groupe has named former Neiman Marcus men’s fashion director Nick Wooster as fashion advisor for Gilt Man. As a consultant to the Gilt Man merchandising team, Wooster will provide trend forecasting and creative direction. He will report to Gilt Man general manager John Auerbach. Auerbach commented, “As we continue […]

Neckwear Notes: General Knot & Co.


Andrew Payne has an interesting career history. He’s worked as a designer for Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s, Mavi Jeans and Banana Republic, among others. He’s also done branding work and graphic design. His latest project is General Knot & Co., a neckwear business. I first heard about Andrew Payne at Project in Las […]

Furnishings: retailers enjoy slim styles, brace for rising costs


The general consensus among retailers large and small is that furnishings business is good, but not great. Macy’s, which reported a robust five-fold gain in first quarter profit in mid-May, credits some newness in both dress shirts (smaller collars, trimmer fit) and neckwear (slimmer ties) for growth in furnishings. Brooks Brothers says shirts and ties […]

Youngor’s Smart Shirts and Sunrise Textile Group to merge

Smart Apparel

NEW YORK—Two of Youngor Group’s subsidiaries, Smart Shirts Ltd and Sunrise Textile Group, will merge, according to an announcement from Youngor chairman Li Rucheng last week. The Hong Kong-based Smart Shirts Ltd group includes Smart Apparel U.S., the licensee for Nautica, Andrew Marc and Marc New York by Andrew Marc tailored clothing and dress shirts, […]

Rothman’s moving up Park Avenue


NEW YORK—Rothman’s Men’s Clothing, which has anchored the northeast corner of Manhattan’s Union Square for 25 years, is moving to a larger space a block away on Park Avenue and 18th Street. The new space, at 222 Park Avenue South, will give the retailer 11,000 sq. ft., an increase of 3,500 sq. ft. over the […]