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 […]

Vegas Recap

After a whirlwind few days that incorporated far too many cocktails and far too little sleep, I’ve finally put together a few take-aways from the shows. Bottom line: most retailers seem optimistic about some great product, more realistic pricepoints and a new predilection to focus on items rather than entire collections. Although luxury might be […]

Dallas Doings

It was a great Dallas Market just prior to Vegas, including a provocative Retail Roundtable at the Market Center (see the upcoming April 2010 issue of MR Magazine for a recap), a superbowl party (see Schmoozing), and lots of positive energy in the showrooms. Two of the new designers at the Mart are Dallas natives. Shemara […]

A Strong MRket!

Upbeat merchants and beautiful product made for an exciting MRket show portending a strong fall 2010 season. Among the exciting fall fashion at MRket and Vanguard: Breuer neckwear features a preppy old school vibe with a decidedly French feeling. They also offer a fashionable take on fine wovens, stonewashed knits, and luxurious cotton/cashmere corduroy trousers. […]

ENK NYC: Great Energy!

What a perfect way to start market week, with music, wine bars and lounges to make you forget about the wind, cold and freezing rain outside. But rather than accept the accolades, Elyse Kroll credits her good friend Fabrizio Capigatti as “the man responsible for me being in this business in the first place…” Elyse […]

Relationship Marketing

Three things happened this week that reinforced in my mind the critical importance of reaching out to customers and offering exceptional service. 1) On Wednesday, I attended a sales training seminar at Saks in Stamford, Conn. Clothing expert Frank Schipani, ever the inspirational showman, inspired a group of very motivated associates to go beyond the […]

Stage Stores CEO Andy Hall

Wednesday November 4th at the Grand Hyatt in NYC is the annual gala for Fashion Delivers and Kids in Distressed Situations. In anticipation, I chatted with one of their honorees: Stage Stores’ president and CEO Andy Hall. Here, Hall’s crystal ball on retailing and his theory on learning from mistakes. For the complete interview, see […]