New York City may criminalize buying counterfeit goods

NEW YORK—Buying fake designer sunglasses, handbags, electronics and other counterfeit merchandise on the streets of Manhattan may soon be a crime. New York City Council member Margaret Chin has drafted new legislation that would make buying counterfeit goods a Class A misdemeanor in the city, punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to […]

Point/Counterpoint: How to improve menswear sales

Gilbert Rose and Peter Rose

Father and son retailers Gilbert and Peter Rose don’t quite agree on what it would take to get men to dress better and buy more clothing. Point: An Industry at Risk By Gilbert Rose, The Chelsea Group LLC, Wyandotte, MI I have been in the menswear business nearly 50 years. I go back to a […]

Ed Asner on casual Fridays


We ran across this clip from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm in a newsletter from Louisville, Kentucky custom clothier Ken Grossman. It’s from the second season of the show, so it’s about ten years old now. But I’m guessing that Ed Asner’s visceral response to a lawyer’s “casual Friday” outfit will be just as well received […]

Robb Talbott discusses the future of his company


Robb Talbott, the chairman and new president of the Robert Talbott luxury furnishings brand, spoke to MR about the direction of his company. CARMEL VALLEY, Calif.—Robert Talbott chairman Robb Talbott, who took control as CEO Richard Cohen left, commented on the rumors about the future of the company and says that he’s going back to […]

A tenuous future for Robert Talbott

Robert Talbott

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif.—After months of rumors about putting the company his father and mother started in 1950 up for sale, Robb Talbott has assumed control of the Robert Talbott luxury furnishings business. CEO Richard Cohen has left the company and many in the industry are wondering about the future of Robert Talbott. Robb Talbott, who […]

Würkin Stiffs owner Jonathan Boos to appear on reality TV show


When I first encountered Jonathan Boos at a trade show a few years ago, he had a single ingenious product, the Würkin Stiffs magnetic collar stays. I caught up with him again in January at MRket NY, and I was floored by how busy he’s been. To the collars stays, which he calls Power Stays, […]

Announcing MRketplace’s Video Weeks


Got a promotional video for your menswear store or brand? Send us a link! We recently featured an award-winning video from Gentry, a menswear store in Wichita, Kansas, that promoted dressing up. We’ve also been seeing some excellent video lookbooks from some innovative menswear brands. So we’re looking for more. From Friday, April 1st through […]

Weyco acquires Bogs, Rafters footwear brands

Weyco Group

MILWAUKEE—Weyco Group has acquired The Combs Company and its Bogs and Rafters footwear brands. Weyco, which owns the Florsheim and Stacy Adams footwear lines, paid $29.4 million in cash for all of the shares of Combs, and assumed its $3.5 million debt. Bogs is known for its rubber rain boots and outdoor/work footwear. Rafter’s is […]

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.