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 […]

Luxury Lifestyle from Kevin Willis


I’ve known Kevin Willis for several years now and was delighted to see my favorite basketball superstar (who founded his Willis & Walker clothing business in 1988, four years after starting with the NBA) launch a terrific total lifestyle collection in collaboration with Marcraft Apparel Group. Not surprisingly, this new luxury collection is geared toward […]

Fashion Week: Perry Ellis


Loved the Perry Ellis Spring 2012 runway show last night! Lots of great summer sweaters with ribbed detail and color blocking in beautiful shades of dusty rose, turquoise, burnt orange and gold, to accent the saleable neutrals. Also loved the safari jackets, lightweight scarves, linen capris and swimwear (figures that my camera battery died at […]

Made In America: The factories

Crafted with pride While the number of U.S. factories has obviously declined over the years, the ones that remain are hanging in, some even thriving. Consider JA Apparel in New Bedford, Mass. with its 450 employees. “It dates back to 1920,” says JA Apparel’s Tony Sapienza. “GFT bought it in 1985 and converted it. They […]

St. Croix: Quest for the Best


Domestic knitwear is alive and thriving in Winona, Minnesota. Bernie Brenner has a thing about collars. “Just look at that collar!” I heard St. Croix’s president/CEO exclaim with pride a good half dozen times in the course of my visit to the immaculate 40,000-plus sq. ft. factory. “With most knit polos, the collar rolls up […]

Spotlight: Miller Harris


“If only my grandfather had left me oil wells, rather than sewing machines…” —Miller Harris “Come January, my 17-year journey at the throttle of Viyella USA will end, at which time the brand will go to Canadian licensee Alphi Apparel Group,” industry veteran Miller Harris recently announced. “Spinnerstown Shuttle will ship fall ’11 and spring […]

10 years later: Recapturing amazing artistic photos of the Twin Towers


Charles Moretz is a photographer as well as creative director of GoldToeMoretz. Based on his body of work, Moretz was commissioned in the 1980s by Guy Tozzoli, president of the World Trade Centers Association, to take photos of the towers, photos Tozzoli later proclaimed to be the best he’d ever seen. For 20 years, these […]

Vegas Picks


A precarious economy is no match for beautiful clothes! Here, a few irresistible items for spring 2012 discovered at MRket, Project, MAGIC, Capsule and ENK. Although there was no dominant new trend, there were plenty of fresh takes on existing ones. And let’s face it, most American men have yet to purchase a soft sportcoat, […]