Ken Ederle: Good sport

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Retailer of the Year coverage: Ken Ederle, SVP/GMM of sportswear for big & tall retailer Casual Male Retail Group: “The most exciting part is that the luxury customer is back; our higher-end brands are doing really well!”

November Notebook: So On & So Forth…

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Karen Alberg Grossman: One of the most promising T-shirt collections we’ve come across, So On & So Forth is the brainstorm of industry veteran Joel Fabian, founder of the Jeanery denim store in San Diego.

David Levin: The Visionary

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Retailer of the Year coverage: Says Casual Male Retail Group CEO David Levin of his DestinationXL big & tall store concept, “it’s incredibly gratifying that we were able to make it work.”

Editor’s Letter: Anything but ordinary

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Karen Alberg Grossman: There’s no unequivocal right way to run a menswear business but playing it safe is surely the wrong way.

Façonnable: Formidable!

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Karen Alberg Grossman: As we’re all hoping, spring 2012 menswear offers much promise based on a few key trends, and Façonnable has touched all bases.

Excitement at Macy’s: The new Sean John shop

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Karen Alberg Grossman: It was a mob-scene ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday at Macy’s as Sean “Diddy” Combs and Macy’s Inc. chairman Terry Lundgren greeted press and adoring fans at the opening of a 2,000 square foot Sean John shop.

Uniform: how to succeed in contemporary menswear

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Karen Alberg Grossman: Uniform’s Gary Ritacco is a talented merchant and seller with taste, intuition, personality and business savvy.

Garys Fashion Island: Next Generation

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Karen Alberg Grossman: I’m just back from a Forum meeting in Newport Beach where I had the pleasure of visiting Gary’s newly renovated space at Fashion Island.

Schmoozing: Kiton dinner in New York

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A fabulous bespoke dinner and private Kiton preview for fashion editors was hosted last night by Kiton U.S. president Antonio Paone at the Kiton mansion in Manhattan. The menu featured authentic Italian cuisine by Kiton private chef Pasquale Gatta, who flew in from Naples for the occasion. The food and wine were incredible, as was […]

Whitman School of Management: Retail Stars of the Future

Henry Grethel, Karen Alberg and Richard Mast

Karen Alberg Grossman: Had a wonderful few days meeting with students, faculty and retail industry leaders at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.