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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.”

Editor’s Letter: Infinitely Saleable!

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Karen Alberg Grossman: Why spring ’15 could be the best season in years for menswear.

Catching Up with Kiton’s Massimo Bizzocchi

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Kiton’s Massimo Bizzocchi doesn’t like short sportcoats and tight pants. “I look at guys wearing this and they look silly! I think: okay you have a beautiful ass but I don’t have to see it…”

Schmoozing: MensWearNetwork Reunion

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The MensWearNetwork, hosted a cocktail hour celebrating spring ’15 men’s fashion with the industry’s top merchants, media, marketing and creative talent at The Lamb’s Club in The Chatwal Hotel.

Fast Lane Fashion: Andretti Autosport by Luna-C

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Karen Alberg Grossman: This cool autosport-inspired collection is a collaboration between the premier name in racing and a successful sportswear manufacturer.

The New Hickey Freeman: Authentic American Luxury!

Arnold Brant Silverstone, president and chief creative director of Grano Luxury Men’s Apparel Group

Karen Alberg Grossman: Upscale retailers seeking an authentic American luxury clothing brand don’t want to miss the newly reinvented Hickey Freeman collection.

Party at Butch Blum!

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Karen Alberg Grossman: Seattle’s Butch Blum, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, had a moving day “conga line” of more than 100 customers/friends to help move into its new store.

Lanksy Bros.: Love Me Tender

Hal Lanksy and Julie Lansky

Uptown/Downtown Awards — Readers’ Choice: With a third generation firmly entrenched in the business, Lansky Bros. is shaking things up in Memphis. By Karen Alberg Grossman

Bergdorf Goodman: Still the Pinnacle

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Uptown/Downtown Awards — 10 Most Influential Menswear Retailers | How Bergdorf Goodman is changing with the new luxury customer. By Karen Alberg Grossman

Editor’s Letter: Luxury is…

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Karen Alberg Grossman: As we honor luxury retailers in our Uptown Downtown issue, we share our favorite luxury quotes, grateful for the luxury of being in this wonderful business.

Next Generation

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Karen Alberg Grossman: James Rush Wilson III recently welcomed a third generation, his son Jay, to their iconic Greenville, S.C. store.