People: Debi Greenberg


Karen Alberg Grossman speaks with Louis Boston’s Debi Greenberg about her new store on the harbor, why she hates chit chat, and what’s wrong with the menswear business.

Knitwear comeback!


Karen Alberg Grossman: Among many great items that spoke to me at the January New York tradeshows, I was most excited about knitwear.

Check these out in Vegas!


Karen Alberg Grossman picks a few key items to brighten your fall ’12 assortments.

New luxury neckwear: Ruth Graves, S.T.E.P.

Ruth Graves

Karen Alberg Grossman: Ruth Graves, who provides scarf and tie fabrics for numerous upscale designers, is now offering her own wholesale collection of neckwear and scarves.

The Italian Trade Commission: facing the future

ITC Ambassadors of Style: Gil Szczesny, Aniello Musella, Augusta Smergiessi

Karen Alberg Grossman speaks to Italian Trade Commissioner Dr. Aniello Musella about the future of Italian fashion.

Robert Graham jeanswear: standing apart

Gary Sims and Robert Stock

Karen Alberg Grossman: The addition of a jeanswear component that easily competes with the best denim out there brings Robert Graham to another level.

Ron Johnson: Can he do it?

Ron Johnson presenting the new strategy in New York

Karen Alberg Grossman: Can JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson’s everyday low price strategy prove successful? My feeling is that it can, depending mostly on the merchandise.

Ken Duane: A healthy balance

Ken Duane

Karen Alberg Grossman: In business and in life, PVH vice chairman Ken Duane knows what matters.

Luxury roundtable: Winning the one percent


Seven luxury merchants talk about the business: Russ Patrick, Neiman Marcus; Tom Ott, Saks Fifth Avenue; Bob Mitchell, Mitchells Stores; Ken Gushner, Boyds; Greg Eveloff, The Clotherie; Jeff Farbstein, Harry Rosen; and David Witman, Nordstrom.

Editor’s letter: What’s next?


Karen Alberg Grossman: More risk-taking, more creativity, at retail and wholesale.