Editor’s Letter: Summertime Blues

Karen Alberg Grossman

There ain’t no cure, or is there? Maybe it’s the weather or the precarious state of the world (when isn’t the world in a precarious state?) but there seems to be an awful lot of complaining going on these days: a lot of yearning for the good old days and much dreaded anticipation of price […]

Trade Show Tidbits: More from the New York trade shows

Bruce Levitt

**There’s nothing better than seeing great retailers do well again! Scouting the aisles at MRket, Bruce Levitt from MurLees (Long Island) graciously recognizes The Shaw Group for giving him the credit support and financial discipline needed to turn his business around. “Working with them allowed us to bring in new brands; we’re now seeing 20-25 […]

Schmoozing: The Canali party at Spice Market

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Giorgio Canali hosted a party for retailers at Spice Market in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District last week. 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 the next image in the gallery.

Schmoozing: Isaia New York market week party

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Isaia hosted a market week party in New York. 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 the next image in the gallery.

Schmoozing: Cucinelli market week party

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Brunello Cucinelli hosted a New York market week party. 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 the next image in the gallery.

New York Market Week: Having Fun Again!

Philip and Barbara Friedman

Now that the dust has settled on July New York market week and the various spring 2012 trade shows, I want to retract my August editorial about the industry needing an attitude change. Apparently, we’ve already got the attitude change: I felt more positive energy this market than I have in years!! And despite Congressional […]

July Notebook: Great reads: Pure Luck: Conceive, Believe, Achieve

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Part Holocaust memoir, part American success story, part philosophy of life, Paul Wattenberg’s wonderful book is filled with wisdom, humor and so many insights: on business, on family dynamics, on friendship, on human nature. Those who know Wattenberg as a schmatta maker will likely be amazed by the depth of his perceptions, and by his […]

Schmoozing: Elie Tahari spring 2012 preview at the Standard Hotel

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Designer Elie Tahari hosted a cocktail party at the Standard Hotel in New York to preview his spring 2012 menswear collection. 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 the next image in the gallery.

Texas talent: Russ Patrick

Russ Patrick, Neiman Marcus

For more than two decades, Russ Patrick has shaped the business at Neiman Marcus. Russ Patrick is described by vendor colleagues as “highly principled,” “pragmatic,” “a merchant’s merchant.” “He’s very tuned into the selling floor,” says Mike Cohen of Hickey Freeman. “He digs deep to figure out why things are selling or not. He’s incredibly […]

The Visionary: David Witman

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David Witman has a clear, customer-centric vision for Nordstrom menswear. David Witman did not intend to spend his career at Nordstrom. He started out at a specialty store in San Francisco while in grad school, switching gears only because his wife Jayme (who worked for Banana Republic at the time) got transferred to Seattle. “It’s […]