Don’t Waste the Talent!

I have several talented, ambitious, once-successful industry friends who, thanks to our tenuous economy and the resultant corporate downsizing, are not working at the moment. According to several of them, they’re having trouble finding jobs because they are told they’re “overqualified” for many of the positions out there. My question is this: why not consider […]

Angels Among Us

I’m still on an incredible high from a magical evening last night: my friend Mike Wiesenthal, formerly of Harolds in the Heights and now at Saks in Houston, met his bone marrow donor, Randy Eckers, for the first time ever at a fabulous concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mike’s 10-year-old son Jared, who had […]

Smooth Sailing for Nautica

Karen Murray

There are few execs in the menswear industry with the business savvy of Karen Murray, whose career includes running huge volume operations at Claiborne and now Nautica. With an intrinsic feel for department store merchandising and retailer-vendor partnerships coupled with an innate charm and ability to connect, she is among the most well-liked and well-respected […]

MRket Recap: High Energy, High Hopes!

Even with no pervasive new fashion trends, no available credit and plenty of inevitable cost increases looming on the horizon, optimism reigned at the spring 2011 MRket show in Vegas. Both retailers and vendors were upbeat (don’t you love this industry?), remaining focused on key items, lean inventory and quick turn. Most importantly, there was […]

Summer Shopping in NYC: One Man’s Take

I recently had lunch with an artist friend who worked for many years as a designer in the menswear industry and is now working full-time on his paintings. As always, our conversation wandered to the state of the industry and I automatically blamed the faltering economy. “I think the economy is a secondary factor,” he […]

Thanks for all the good wishes!

To everyone asking about my Dad, who underwent open-heart surgery almost three weeks ago, he’s out of the hospital and in rehab (Kessler) working really hard to get his strength back. No one other than Max Alberg would have even considered getting a very difficult valve replacement at age 92 but Mac just wasn’t ready […]

Italian Inspiration

A few days back from Florence and I’m having major withdrawal issues: where’s the home-made pasta and pizza, the bubbly prosecco and killer grappa and all that wonderful wine? The flavorful fresh fruits and vegetables always so artistically displayed (that somehow taste so much better than what we get stateside)? Where are the winding cobblestone […]

Cliff Notes: Inspiration from an Amazing Man

After the moving memorial service for Cliff Grodd this past Thursday (which was a virtual who’s who of industry icons like Ralph Lauren, Phil Miller, Joe Barrato, Joe Abboud, and Marvin Traub), I spent the weekend thinking about the life, accomplishments, and genuine impact that this incredible man had on the world. As I write […]

IACDE Celebrates 100 Years

It was a wonderful three days in Toronto May 20 to 22 as more than 100 international members celebrated 100 years of learning, sharing, growing and influencing at IACDE (International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives). The only clothing industry organization to survive a century of change, the IACDE deserves accolades for taking men’s clothing […]

Suited for Spring

In addition to all the gorgeous flowers blossoming in parks throughout Manhattan, I always know it’s springtime when I lunch with Mimmo Spano of Saks Fifth Avenue. If it’s April, he’s inevitably wearing a fabulous signature fabric lightweight suit with a sunny shirt and bowtie, perfect pocket square and white carnation. (Wherever Mimmo goes, people […]