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.”

Customer Service with Class!


Karen Alberg Grossman on a simple example of great customer service that wins her loyalty.

Omni Retailing: Nordstrom and the Brave New World

Karen Alberg Grossman with Pete Nordstrom

Karen Alberg Grossman: Pete Nordstrom spoke at an omni retail symposium at FIT last week, revealing some of what makes Nordstrom and its businesses so strong.

Editor’s Letter: Refining Niches

Karen Alberg Grossman

Karen Alberg Grossman: Belk reinvents itself; Big & Tall specialists get aggressive.

IACDE Looks to the Future

IACDE March 2014

The International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives has been right on target with a growing international membership, young leadership and very timely topics.

Retail Encounters of the Best Kind

John Ripps from M.L. Leddy’s in Fort Worth, Jim McKenry and M.L. Leddy’s Mark Dunlap

“My favorite part of walking the aisles at trade shows is meeting up with retail friends, old and new.” Karen Alberg Grossman talks to Khaki’s of Carmel, M.L. Leddy’s, Patrick James and Louis Thomas.

Bloody Mary Mixdown

Cool in their Stoli shades: Maggie, Nick, Bonnie and Bruce Julian

Karen Alberg Grossman cheers for Charlotte, N.C. retailer Bruce Julian as he competes in the Manhattan Bloody Mary Mixdown.

Notable Fall ‘14 Menswear from the Vegas Trade Shows

Las Vegas sensation Paul Shortino on stage in a Ross Graison sportcoat

Karen Alberg Grossman on some her favorites from the Las Vegas shows, including Ross Graison, Arnold Zimberg, Daniel Won for Harbour International, Dion Neckwear, British Apparel Collection, Café Bleu and Bill Lavin.

Let it Snow!

Outerwear February 2014

Outerwear: It’s a $4 billion-plus business that has two main requisites: product innovation and cold weather.

Catching Up With Russell Simmons

Me, hanging out with Argyle Culture’s Russell Simmons at the Peerless booth at MRket Las Vegas.

Karen Alberg Grossman talks to Russell Simmons about the re-launch of his Argyle Culture collection and his plan to create a post-young men’s market with diversity as the key ingredient.

Vegas Scene: Fall ‘14 Menswear Evolution

Tim Leamy sq

Karen Alberg Grossman talks to retailers and exhibitors at the Las Vegas shows, including Tim Leamy of Sebastian’s Closet, PYA, Zanetti, Kroon, Edward Armah, You & Shirt, Baroni, Andrew J and more.