Taylor Richards Conger: Southern Smarts

Dick Pattison, Glen Taylor and Lyn Conger

The Charlotte, North Carolina men’s specialty store celebrates 25 years in business.

John Wagner: Well suited

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Retailer of the Year coverage: Tailored clothing is having a great year at Casual Male Retail Group, says John Wagner, due mostly to pent-up demand and a breadth of merchandise not available elsewhere.

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!

Richard Gualtieri, director or merchandising, shows the collection

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

Jeff Tweedy, Jeff Lundgren, Sean Combs, Jeff Gennette

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.