Schmoozing: The UJA Luncheon

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The UJA-Federation’s Fashion Division held its annual luncheon today, honoring Bloomingdale’s vice chairman Frank Doroff (the award presented by Bloomie’s chairman and CEO Michael Gould) and Tanger Factory Outlets CEO Steven Tanger (award presented by Larry Leeds of Buckingham Capital Management, Inc.). The event raised more than $850,000 for the continuing work that UJA-Federation does […]

Catching up with Stephane Cremieux

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Stephane Cremieux is in a New York state of mind, simultaneously on the lookout for a NYC design studio, apartment, and flagship store! But in addition to scouting out NYC real estate (he’s moving his six-person design team as well as his wife and kids), he’s here to celebrate the launch of a recent collaboration […]

Schmoozing: Daniel Cremieux launch party at J.Press

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J. Press, the preppy/traditional retailer, celebrated its new collaboration with the French brand, Daniel Cremieux, at the Madison Avenue J. Press store. Related: Karen Alberg Grossman catches up with Stephane Cremieux. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to […]

Catching up with Henry Grethel

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If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen much of Henry Grethel’s fabulous fall/resort 2011-12 collection, it’s because of the buttons. As Grethel explains it: “It’s a long story but samples got held up for more than six weeks by The Fish and Wildlife Service: they wanted to determine which exact species of shell we were […]

Retail overview: Recovery mode

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Men’s business has rebounded, but few stores are back to ’07 levels… “Men are primed to come back; there’s still pent-up demand!” David Witman, Nordstrom We were very pleased with menswear this past fall/holiday: we beat plan, which was our goal. (Editor’s note: Nordstrom same-store sales for December were up 8.4 percent; total sales for […]

Vegas Recap: Fall 2011 Hit List

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After the dust settles, the Vegas trade shows were less about Innovation or Invention and more about Irresistible Items. Though there was no single driving trend or direction, there was plenty of great product and lots of categories that have not yet peaked at retail. If you haven’t pushed luxury knits, softcoats, sumptuous scarves, cool […]

Schmoozing: Family ties, Las Vegas

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It’s tough enough to live with family, let alone live and work with them. Yet these folks do it with style! 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.

Obituary: Nancy Cesarani 1939-2011

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Nancy Marie Cesarani, the woman behind designer Salvatore Cesarani and a creative talent in her own right, died of cancer on Tuesday. Born on May 29, 1939 in Brooklyn, Nancy graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries and did an internship at a couture house in Rome. Her father was a painter, her mother […]

Schmoozing: The Marshall Kline dinner

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Marshall Kline of the Los Angeles-based Marshall Kline Buying Service hosted his dinner for retailers at a Las Vegas steakhouse 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.

Catching up with Italian Trade Commissioner Aniello Musella

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Italian Trade Commissioner Aniello Musella talks about Italian menswear in the U.S. The Italians will have a major presence at the Vegas MRket show next week, as you had in NYC. How is business for Italian menswear makers? What are you expecting in Vegas? There was a 50 percent increase in Italian companies that showed […]