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 […]

Obituary: Herschel Victor


MONTREAL—Herschel Victor, chairman and chief executive officer of the Jack Victor clothing company, died last Friday, May 13, at his home. Herschel Victor joined his father’s company when he finished college at McGill University around 1944. Jack Victor had started his eponymous company in 1913. Herschel Victor took over as chief executive 53 years ago […]

Canterbury of New Zealand names Leimberg nat’l sales manager


NEW YORK—Canterbury of New Zealand has hired Kelly Leimberg as its national sales manager, reporting to CEO Colin Gillooly. Leimberg joins Canterbury from Neema Clothing’s Kroon brand, where she was director of operations. Previously, she was at Ibiza and before that Arnold Zimberg, Barry Bricken and Bobby Jones. “Kelly is exactly who we have been […]

April same-stores sales rise on late Easter

NEW YORK—Retailers enjoyed healthy gains in same-store sales figures for the month of April, helped by a late Easter. Each of the 18 chains MRketplace tracks reported gains of at least 4 percent, with half of them in the double-digits. Kantar Retail, which tracks the monthly performance of 28 different retailers, said that overall April […]

Roffe Accessories to acquire XMI

Bert Pulitzer

NEW YORK—Men’s furnishings company XMI announced today that it will be acquired by Roffe Accessories. In a note to retailers, XMI’s Bert Pulitzer said that further details would be forthcoming over the next few weeks, adding, “This [acquisition] allows the brand to continue to offer the same quality and service we’ve been known for and […]