Schmoozing: The Forum Group’s annual meeting in Louisville

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This past week, Rodes hosted the Forum Stores for the Kentucky Derby and much celebration thereafter at some of the finest restaurants in Louisville. In between partying, there were meetings, store visits and much sharing of ideas to generate business in a new era. Many thanks to Howard and Susan Vogt and the entire team […]

Schmoozing: Mens(wear) Night Out at Aspen Social Club

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A group of New York designers, editors, fashion directors, journalists, consultants and executives gathered at the Aspen Social Club on 47th Street last night for their second annual night out. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see […]

Catching up with Raffi Shaya

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The king of cashmere: Raffi Shaya on cycles of business, and cycles of life. It was a tough few years for Raffi Shaya but his optimism and resilience never wavered. Rather than fire employees when the economy fizzled mid-’08, Raffi closed his New York showroom (a tough decision but at $25,000 a month, a necessity), […]

Power Players close-up: Eric Wiseman VF Corp.

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He’s been credited as the force that transformed VF from a jeans and intimate apparel maker into a $7 billion conglomerate of lifestyle brands. His recent growth plan, if successful, will bring corporate sales to $12.7 billion by 2015. A 1977 graduate of Wake Forest University (where he also earned an MBA), Wiseman worked for […]

Power Players close-up: Emanuel Chirico, Phillips-Van Heusen

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Manny Chirico jokes about his distant third place among “The Bronx Boys of Fashion,” trailing Ralph and Calvin “by a mile!” This unassuming, well liked and very smart CEO describes himself as “grounded,” his management style as “letting people run their businesses while ensuring they have the right resources to grow.” Here, Chirico talks about […]

Ode to Bill Cunningham

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If you do nothing else this week, go see the new Bill Cunningham documentary directed by Richard Press. It will make you fall in love with NYC, with fashion, with life, and most of all with Bill Cunningham, a sweet brilliant humble man who, at age 82, rides around NYC on his bicycle taking photos […]

Schmoozing: Peter Elliot celebrates Luxury Watch Week

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In addition to showcasing luxury watch maker RGM (crafted in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania; retail price range $2,300-$75,000 for a magnificent tourbillon), Eliot Rabin of Peter Elliot was also featuring his personal watch collection: 16 watches, each with an amazing story (including a Rolex that was shot off his wrist in Israel in 1968.) Retail value […]

MR Q: PYA Importer Ltd.’s Patrick Assaraf

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With a diverse brand portfolio and distribution in over 1,500 upscale doors, Patrick Assaraf is one to watch. How’d you get started in fashion? I started out in the ’80s as the Canadian distributor for European brands and one of the first to bring in high-end denim from France. Since I traveled often to Europe, […]

Power Players close-up: Oscar Feldenkreis, Perry Ellis Int.

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Talk about multi-tasking! A recent day for Oscar Feldenkreis included ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, then rushing to Lincoln Center for the Perry Ellis runway show. A meeting with bankers, a conference call with shareholders, scouting out licensees, visiting stores, approving ads for new brands—it’s all in a day’s work for […]

Comeback: Designer Joseph Abboud

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President and creative director for HMX and designer for Lord & Taylor’s private brand, Joseph Abboud’s influence keeps growing. Joseph Abboud has found his place in the universe. Relaxed and contented in his beautiful Park Avenue studio surrounded by thousands of swatches of luxury fabrics, Abboud is clearly in his element, always happiest when he’s […]