Power Players close-up: Emanuel Chirico, Phillips-Van Heusen

Emanuel Chirico

Manny Chirico jokes about his distant third place among “The Bronx Boys of Fashion,” trailing Ralph and Calvin “by a mile!” This unassuming, well liked and very smart CEO describes himself as “grounded,” his management style as “letting people run their businesses while ensuring they have the right resources to grow.” Here, Chirico talks about […]

Ode to Bill Cunningham


If you do nothing else this week, go see the new Bill Cunningham documentary directed by Richard Press. It will make you fall in love with NYC, with fashion, with life, and most of all with Bill Cunningham, a sweet brilliant humble man who, at age 82, rides around NYC on his bicycle taking photos […]

Schmoozing: Peter Elliot celebrates Luxury Watch Week


In addition to showcasing luxury watch maker RGM (crafted in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania; retail price range $2,300-$75,000 for a magnificent tourbillon), Eliot Rabin of Peter Elliot was also featuring his personal watch collection: 16 watches, each with an amazing story (including a Rolex that was shot off his wrist in Israel in 1968.) Retail value […]

MR Q: PYA Importer Ltd.’s Patrick Assaraf

Patrick Assaraf

With a diverse brand portfolio and distribution in over 1,500 upscale doors, Patrick Assaraf is one to watch. How’d you get started in fashion? I started out in the ’80s as the Canadian distributor for European brands and one of the first to bring in high-end denim from France. Since I traveled often to Europe, […]

Power Players close-up: Oscar Feldenkreis, Perry Ellis Int.

Oscar Feldenkreis

Talk about multi-tasking! A recent day for Oscar Feldenkreis included ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, then rushing to Lincoln Center for the Perry Ellis runway show. A meeting with bankers, a conference call with shareholders, scouting out licensees, visiting stores, approving ads for new brands—it’s all in a day’s work for […]

Comeback: Designer Joseph Abboud


President and creative director for HMX and designer for Lord & Taylor’s private brand, Joseph Abboud’s influence keeps growing. Joseph Abboud has found his place in the universe. Relaxed and contented in his beautiful Park Avenue studio surrounded by thousands of swatches of luxury fabrics, Abboud is clearly in his element, always happiest when he’s […]

Power Player close-up: Neil Cole, Iconix Brand Group

Neil Cole

Although he describes himself as “not as warm and fuzzy as I should be” and “somewhat shy,” Neil Cole is among the industry’s most dynamic Power Players. From working for Candies (founded by his father and brother) to becoming an attorney to starting his own company in 2005, Cole has acquired 27 brands in the […]

April 2011 Editor’s Letter: The right stuff

Karen Alberg Grossman

Being a Power Player in our industry has never been more challenging. Or more rewarding. With M&A fever permeating the fashion industry, the editors of MR have put together our first-ever Power Players section, featuring those companies with a major share of the menswear business in big stores. Looking into the numbers, we were surprised […]

Schmoozing: Heartworks Gala at Cipriani


The National Marfan Foundation held its 11th annual Heartworks Gala at Cirpiani last night, raising an esitmated $1 million for patient care, research and education about Marfan, a genetic disorder that effects the body’s connective tissue. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the […]

Schmoozing: The UJA Luncheon


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 […]