American spirit: Made in America at retail


Independent retailers agree, when it comes to country of origin, customers do care. It could be the economy, or it could be the passion for all things Americana; maybe one explains the other. But made in America is resonating with the American consumer now more than ever. “I have six pieces of my latest Engineered […]

Neckwear Notes: Las Vegas


My Las Vegas schedule, as some of my colleagues out here know, has been curtailed by a nasty cold. I’ve spent more time in my hotel room than I’d care to. But I managed to make it down to MRket to visit some—alas, not all—of the neckwear manufacturers on my list. My first stop was […]

Neckwear Notes: The New York market


Moore & Giles: This tie case ($185 retail), was designed in collaboration with the Minnesota-based neckwear brand Pierrepont Hicks, which supplies the silk tie fabric that serves as its lining (in some versions). The case, in Titan Toffee leather, holds four ties. Moore & Giles is hoping to continue with its collaboration series. The previous […]

What I’m looking for at the Las Vegas shows


Hearing Stu and Karen talk about how many trips to Las Vegas—somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50—makes me a little more comfortable about my modest eight trips. But after a certain number of trips and a certain number of fashion cycles, however small (I think I’ve already seen the death and rebirth of […]

Last minute market recap


Just before Las Vegas and a bit after the New York shows, here are some of the trends and ideas that caught my eye in the market lately, in no particular order. Magnetic collar stay entrepreneur and Würkin Stiffs founder Jonathan Boos is officially launching his Polo Stays product to do for polo shirt collars […]

Accessories 2011: Neckwear


Time to Tie: Younger guys have discovered ties and it shows in sales. By Harry Sheff Neckwear seems to be having a moment. “The good thing is that when we get on a neckwear trend, it’s never just for a quarter, it’s for a few years,” says a cheerful David Sirkin, EVP of Neckwear at […]

Schmoozing: West Coast Trend Show


Here are some photos from West Coast Trend Show’s cocktail party and casino night in Los Angeles 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.

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 […]