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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.”

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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

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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

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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.

Terry Lundgren on How Macy’s Grew by $4.4 Billion without Adding Stores

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In this excerpt from our Person of the Year issue, Terry Lundgren talks about what he considers his greatest accomplishments as CEO of Macy’s.

Giving Back: Brooks Brothers’ Winter Wonderland

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Karen Alberg Grossman: Wednesday night’s holiday party at Brooks Brothers’ Madison Avenue flagship, benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, was nothing short of magical.

The Evolution of an Ad Campaign

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Karen Alberg Grossman: Countess Mara neckwear has always had a history of compelling advertising and Randa Accessories wants to ensure that the legacy lives on.

Calvin Klein Extends Clothing License with Peerless

PVH has extended its Calvin Klein license with Peerless for an additional year, according to PVH chairman Manny Chirico.

The New Haberdasher Ltd. in Green Bay

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Karen Alberg Grossman: In an ultimate show of customer loyalty, Daniel Wickman bought his favorite men’s apparel store when he learned owner Steve Van Vuren had plans to retire.

Saul Korman on Making it in a Career He Didn’t Always Love

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Saul Korman of Korry’s spoke about life in menswear in his acceptance speech for the 2015 Business Leader Award from the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Photo of the Week: Tom Beebe Holiday Window Sketches

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Karen Alberg Grossman: If you think it’s easy creating fabulous holiday windows, ask creative icon Tom Beebe about the work involved. His Hickey Freeman windows will be installed this Sunday.