Remembering Clara Hancox (1917-2006)

Could it really be two years since she left us? Clara Hancox, DNR columnist and much loved menswear journalist, was a fixture in our industry for so many years; how many of us read her columns religiously, gaining much inspiration from her provocative insights, optimism and challenges. Toasting Clara: Philip Miller, Cecile Platovsky and Dan […]

Lace Cookies, Anyone?

If you want some terrific baked goods for the holidays, please go to Zaro’s in Grand Central Station. I was there Friday evening to buy a few canolis, gave the cashier a fifty dollar bill and shoved the change in my pocket without counting it. When I went to my next stop to purchase flowers, […]

Missed Opportunity

I’m back from five fabulous days in St. Maarten: perfect sunny weather (in the mid-80s), pale blue skies, magnificent mountains, beautiful beaches with sparkling turquoise waters, endless tropical drinks, upbeat calypso bands and truly nice people who smile and laugh at the slightest provocation (so that you never feel like you’re getting ripped off, even […]

IACDE: Tailored Clothing Futures

It was a wonderful 40th anniversary celebration of the New York chapter of the IACDE this past Saturday night at the Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club as the baton was passed to a new generation of clothing designers and executives. Clothing maker extraordinaire Martin Greenfield introduced host for the evening Derrill Osborn (of Neiman […]

Macy’s: Then and Now

Yesterday, in the executive offices of Macy’s Herald Square, I had one of the most delightful meetings I’ve had in quite some time. Learning that my father had been VP/GMM of Macy’s menswear back in the day, current Macy’s East chairman Ron Klein had graciously invited me, my dad (a Macy’s menswear exec circa 1940s, […]

Where are the Must-Haves for Guys?

I recently taught a market research class at FIT and decided to turn the tables and do a little market research on the students (mostly college-aged and headed for careers in the fashion industry). I decided to find out why they chose FIT, where they were headed after graduation, and what they thought they’d earn. […]

Vegas Recap: Add Some Excitement!

Reading through several notebooks filled with observations from the Vegas shows, I have to admit that I’m still loving woven shirts! I know it’s time for a knitwear resurgence but based on what I’ve seen out there, innovation in wovens (embellished, embroidered, sheer, gauzy, color-drenched) should keep the category going strong for at least another […]

I Could Have Danced…

Okay, I admit it: My favorite moment last week in Vegas did not involve discovering fabulous new lines (although I found several) or catching up with old friends or meeting retailers and brainstorming about business (all of which I did and loved). This time around, my favorite moment involved doing a cha-cha in the aisles […]

Retiring in Style

Two of the industry’s finest had retirement parties in NYC this week: John Haller of Robert Talbott and Bob Sockolov of Rochester Big&Tall. Friends and colleagues couldn’t say enough about these two very classy guys. Haller was feted at Ben & Jack’s Steak House on Thursday evening July 19th for his 39 years of incredible […]

If You Have to Turn 60…

…what better way to do it than with colleagues, cupcakes and curvaceous Playboy models? Wednesday’s lucky birthday boy was Dennis Abramczyk of Peebles, division of Stage Stores; his gift from his friends at Company 81 was the very beautiful Miss May. Needless to say, Dennis (just a little embarrassed) forced himself to suffer through a […]