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 […]

Catching up with Stephane Cremieux


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

Henry Grethel

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


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


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

Jimmy and Alan Au

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.