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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.”

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.

The Man Behind the CEO

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Karen Alberg Grossman gets personal with Terry Lundgren and asks him about his toughest business decisions, his style, his family and what he uses in his hair.

Butch Blum: Celebrating 40 Years and a Brand New Store!

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Karen Alberg Grossman: Butch Blum hosted a charity gala, fashion show and auction to support five Seattle charities that work with at-risk children.

Terry Lundgren: Substance and Style

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MR Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year: Chairman and CEO of the world’s largest department store, Terry Lundgren has the business savvy to match the charm.

November Editor’s Letter: Terry Lundgren, Person of the Year

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Karen Alberg Grossman: I learned so much from my interview with Terry Lundgren, Macy’s charismatic and surprisingly unassuming CEO — not just about Macy’s business, but also about leading, listening and inspiring a team.

The Jerry Garcia Collection: Deadheads Rejoice!

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Irwin Sternberg and Jeff Sencer will launch a new Jerry Garcia lifestyle collection at the 20th anniversary of Jerry’s passing and the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary.

Great Taste!

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It was a fabulous and fun evening at The Gramercy Hotel where designer Joseph Abboud (with his Men’s Wearhouse partners) launched his exclusive limited-edition menswear collection.

Retail Entrepreneurs: The Maloufs

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Retailers Sam, John and Scott Malouf got together recently to celebrate the success of Scott’s new venture, Malouf on the Plaza in Santa Fe.

Changing the Demographic: JCPenney Expands JF Label

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In a bold move that is bringing them new millennial customers, JCPenney has expanded its JF J.Ferrar label beyond clothing and furnishings to incorporate sportswear.

Opening Customers

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Karen Alberg Grossman: I learned a few lessons about attracting new customers from Strong Suit’s recent made-to-measure trunk show at A.K. Rikk’s in Grand Rapids Mich.