Editor’s Letter: Anything but ordinary


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


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


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


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.

Elie Tahari: An American dream

Elie Tahari

Karen Alberg Grossman talks to designer Elie Tahari about how he made it big. “Yes, I slept in Central Park when I first arrived in America but I never felt homeless,” saysTahari. “I was camping!”

Editor’s Letter: Making it here

Checking out the St. Croix factory in Winona, Minnesota

In my 21 years as editor of MR Magazine, I’ve seen my share of domestic factories. It’s America at its best: talented people from diverse ethnic backgrounds working together for a common goal.

Trunk show triumph


Nothing gets me more in the mood to spend money than beautiful clothes shown in well-merchandised stores by the passionate people who create them. Here, at Richards in Greenwich, Connecticut this past Saturday, some of my favorite vendors showing their new fall goods to lots of upscale shoppers. Of course, Andrew, Bobby and Russ Mitchell […]