About Karen Alberg Grossman

Karen Alberg Grossman is editor in chief of MR Magazine, a Business Journals publication that she launched with Stu Nifoussi in 1990. She is also editor in chief of Forum magazine and Accent magazine, both luxury lifestyle publications custom-designed for upscale independent stores. Prior to this, Karen was senior editor of Accessories magazine and women's apparel editor for Retail Week magazine. She started her career as an executive trainee for Bloomingdale's and then as a market rep for May Merchandising. Karen graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in French education and philosophy. A frequent moderator of industry panels and seminars and guest lecturer at fashion schools, she is known for her insightful editorials, personality-revealing profiles and provocative industry roundtables. She also admits to spending hours studying men under the guise of “market research.”

Fall ’15 Vegas Notebook


Karen Alberg Grossman picks some highlights from the Las Vegas trade shows, including socks from Per Pedes, knit sportcoats from brands like Bespoken, shoes from Bugatchi and more.

Photo of the Day

Manassah Armah-FEATURED

Karen Alberg Grossman: Our vote for Coolest Kid goes to Manassah Armah, who obviously picked up a tip or two from his dad, neckwear and accessories designer Edward Armah.

Zipway: Technology Meets Fashion


Zipway, an athletic wear brand based on an improved zipper technology, held a press conference hosted by 1994 NBA All Stars John Starks and Charles Oakley.

Karen & Stu: The Inside Story

Karen and Stu-FEATURED

Karen Alberg Grossman and Stu Nifoussi reminisce about the last 25 years leading MR, talking about their strengths, their weaknesses and the time a retailer’s UPS guy won our underwear model contest.

MR’s 25th Anniversary: 25 Characters


Meet 25 of the industry executives who inspire us, entertain us and make us better. Including Ralph Lauren, menswear PR phenom Erin Hawker, clothing legend Ronny Wurtzburger and more.

Editor’s Letter: A Quarter Century!


“Oh to be young and unafraid and not know what you don’t know…” Karen Alberg Grossman reflects on 25 years of MR Magazine.

Left Coast Tee: A Tweak of Genius

Left Coast tee-FEATURED

By adding a line to their company banner at a trade show booth — “knitted sport shirt company” — Left Coast Tee suddenly did a whole lot of new business.

Run and Check Out H by Hickey Freeman!


Karen Alberg Grossman: Upscale menswear retailers finally have a quality counterpart to Suitsupply, something that will bring in younger clothing customers.

Schmoozing: Oved Group and Five Star Cocktail Party

Oved Apparel-FEATURED

Oved Group and Five Star celebrated the new year and a new showroom with a cocktail party last night on 34th Street in Manhattan.

Editor’s Letter: New Beginnings


Karen Alberg Grossman: The January issue of MR is always a favorite for me: in order to recap the year, I speak with many industry visionaries who graciously share what they’ve learned from the past 12 months.