Obituary: Lewis Cohen, Owner of Irving Berlin Men’s Shop

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MIAMI—Lewis Cohen, owner of the Irving Berlin Men’s Shop in Hollywood, Fla. Has died at 88. Cohen, who was born in Philadelphia, founded the store with his business partner, Irving Berlin (not the songwriter) in 1953. Berlin long since left the business, but Cohen’s daughter, Ronni Cohen Coaches joined him 30 years ago. Cohen is […]

Barbour Opens SoHo Store, Signs Gore-Tex Deal

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NEW YORK—Waxed cotton outerwear and outdoor apparel company Barbour Inc. opened its second New York City store last month, on Wooster Street in SoHo. The store is showing Barbour’s fall/winter 2010 Heritage line through the holidays and will reopen to show spring/summer 2011 in early spring. “We are very excited to expand our New York […]

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Gap President Defends New Logo

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Gap president Marka Hansen spoke out in a editorial on the Huffington Post to respond to rumors and criticism about Gap Inc.’s new logo, which was revealed on gap.com this week. Critics have complained that the new logo looks like that of a business software company or a pharmaceutical firm. Others speculate that the logo […]

Ailing American Apparel Appoints Acting President

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LOS ANGELES – Troubled retailer American Apparel has appointed former Blockbuster CFO Tom Casey as acting president. He will report to CEO and founder Dov Charney. Charney has been working with Lion Capital, which amended its credit deal last week. Lion Capital’s Lyndon Lea and Charney are “working together on developing an enhanced strategic plan […]

Kohl’s to Hire 40,000 Seasonal Workers

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores says it will hire as many as 40,000 seasonal workers for the holiday season, an increase of 20 percent over last year. That’s an average of 35 workers per store, the company says. Other seasonal workers will fill positions in the retailer’s distribution and credit operations. “We know […]

The Secret to Exceptional Service

Really exceptional customer service is rare these days, so when you see it or experience it, you remember it for a long time. It isn’t difficult to give great service, it just takes attention and diligence. Ironically, it’s when a company screws something up that it can really show how good its service can be. […]

Soft Coats at MRket

Brent Kestin at Kroon told me a story yesterday about how he started making soft sportcoats. His son, trying on an early prototype a few years ago, told him, “Dad, take this stuff out of the shoulders—it feels like a suit!” And so he did. This, I think, is how many younger men feel about […]

What Scents Men Are Wearing

When I was researching my August fragrance story, I asked some of the people I interviewed about what scents they were wearing this summer. Here’s what they said. Barney Bishop, FragrantMoments.net: “The summers in New York can be brutal. For that reason, I like wearing light scents. I recently discovered Otto by Malin + Goetz […]

Pushing Men to Try Something New

For many men in their later twenties and early thirties, shopping for clothes is not a habit. They’ve got other things to do. While a lot of these guys care about their appearance (they’ll work out obsessively), dressing themselves well can be overlooked. A few recent experiences highlighted this fact: 1. I complimented a friend […]